Chhattishgarh's prime minister, Raman Singh, linked to the polls, on Saturday launched a bitter assault on the congressional president, saying the congressional president was "a kind of entertainment" for the state's citizens and that his campaign could to be detrimental to one's own party.
Prior to the crucial first round of Monday's state vote, Singh said Gandhi knew nothing about Chhattisgarh and that his rallies would not allow Congress to get meaningful votes.
Mr. Singh's counter-attack comes a day after the president of the Congress, during his election campaign on Friday, accused him of committing corruption and carrying out work only after taking "The authorization of his 10 to 15 industrial friends".
"Rahul knows nothing about Chhattisgarh. The people of Chhattisgarh do not take it seriously. It's kind of fun for them, "Singh said. PTI in an interview.
Singh, who has been the 15-year-old chief minister of the tribe-dominated state, said Gandhi's presence in the state would not jeopardize the BJP's prospects for polling. but could be detrimental to his. Congress party.
Although the Congress did not comment immediately on the latest blow to its party leader, the allegations made by various political parties have often become personal in the face of rising voter fever in the country's political landscape.
While Congress accused the BJP-led governments in the Center and in various states of giving in to crony capitalism, Gandhi launched an aggressive campaign centered on these accusations for the five polling-related states, including the Chhattisgarh , which are considered semi-finals before the 2019 elections in Lok Sabha.
The saffron party denied these accusations and made counter allegations that corruption and crony capitalism would be a thing of the past when Congress was in power.
Mr. Gandhi has campaigned actively in Chhattisgarh, where the vote will be in two phases: November 12 for 18 seats (including 12 in Naxal-affected areas) and November 20 for the remaining 72 seats.
The vote will also be held on Monday in Singh's Rajnandgaon constituency, where the Congress has given the go-ahead to the niece of late Atal Bihari Vajpayee and former BJP leader Karuna Shukla.
At his rallies on Friday, Gandhi hit Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Singh on various issues, including the lack of development in Chhattisgarh.
Singh, who is considering a fourth term as prime minister, said that Chhattisgarh has been developing on all fronts, contrary to what the Congress party claims.
"Chhattisgarh was a backward stage. In 15 years of reign of the BJP, he has become one of the developed states. We are growing at a steady pace and we will soon be one of the top five developed countries in the country, "he said.
Asked whether the BJP will lose votes due to an alliance between the former party of Chhattisgarh's Prime Minister, Ajit Jogi, led by the Janta Congress, and the Bahujan Samaj party of the leader of the Dalit Mayawati, Mr Singh said the BJP's voting share would remain intact despite the party's formation. "Selfish Coalition".
"It's a selfish coalition and the two parties will have no effect on BJP votes," he said.
On the threat of naxalism, Mr Singh said the Maoists of the state were living with vital support.
"We neutralized the Naxalites and their agenda with our development work. The Maoists in the state live on the support of life. It will be over soon, "said the Chief Minister.
A 66-year-old veteran of the BJP, an Ayurvedic doctor before embarking on politics in the 1980s, he became chief minister of Chhattisgarh in December 2003, after the saffron party wrested the power of Congress only three years later. creation of the state. out of Madhya Pradesh.
In the 2013 elections, the BJP got 49 seats and the Congress, 39. The BSP got one, while a seat was won by an independent candidate.