Rahul Gandhi Stumps for Misa Bharti in Patna

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at a campaign rally for Misa Bharti in Patna on Thursday.

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Patna: Prior to the much-hyped road-show in Patna to prop up Shatrughan Sinha's candidacy from Patna Saheb, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday spoke at a public rally in Bikram at the outskirts of the state capital to seek support for Misa Bharti, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) candidate from Pataliputra constituency.

Daring Prime Minister Narendra Modi to have a debate with him. Gandhi said that Modi was a coward who was afraid to face the press or come on a stage with him to debate pressing issues being faced by Indian farmers and poor people.

"He does not want to talk about issues; instead all he knows is how to assassinate characters of those who are not on his side. He has failed on every single issue and any attempt to escape blame is not going to help him in this election cycle. The 'Chowkidar' is keeping mum on issues like black money, employment to youths, rights of women and instead counting on people's fear to win his second term. He has not done anything in the last five years so instead of talking about his accomplishments, he is using abusive and unparliamentary words against Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, and Lalu Prasad Yadav. By doing so, he has hurt the sentiments of the people of Bihar and India and Bihar is never going to forgive him for this," Gandhi said.

The Congress leader, asking voters to cast their ballot in favor of Misa Bharti, said that May 23 would be the end of the failed Modi government and only then justice would be delivered to the poor people of India.

Repeating his promise to deposit Rs. 6,000 in poor people's account each month, Gandhi asked the crowd if anyone received Rs. 15 lakh as promised by Modi during the last Lok Sabha elections. The crowd, on the cue, chanted 'No'.

"Modi ji has plenty of time to go on television and talk about how to eat a mongo properly but he does not have time to talk to the farmers. He failed to wipe off farmers' loans but he had no hesitation in wiping off Rs. 500,000 crore owed by fifteen of his close friends. We promised to wipe off farmers loans in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, and Karnataka and we did that in less than ten days after sweeping elections in those states," he said.

Rahul Gandhi had some choice words for Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar saying he had done a tremendous job in turning Bihar the center of unemployment.

"If we get to form the government, we will fill in 22 lakh positions currently lying vacant in less than a year. Those who are interested in opening their own business will be able to do without any intervention or governmental red-tape," the Congress leader said.

RJD leader and former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Tejaswi Yadav said that both the BJP and Nitish Kumar were scared of his father and that is why they locked him in jail by implicating him in false and made-up cases.

Tejaswi Yadav speaking at a Misa Bharti rally in Vikram in Patna on Thursday.

Yadav also took shots at his sister's rival from Pataliputra constituency Ram Kripal Yadav saying he turned out to be even a bigger turncoat than Nitish Kumar himself. On prohibition, he said it was a failed experiment as alcohol ban was limited only on papers.

"Nitish Kumar is dreaming about becoming the Prime Minister but soon he won't even be the Chief Minister of Bihar," he said.

Misa Bharti, the candidate herself, accused the Prime Minister of failing to keep his promises he made to farmers, women, and youths during the last election cycle.

RJD state president Ramchandra Purvey, Tejaswi Yadav's brother Tej Pratap Yadav, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha, Congress leaders Shakti Sinh Gohil, Madan Mohan Jha were among others who were also present on the occasion.

Unfortunately for the team Mahagathbandhan, the crowd was nowhere near anticipated as nearly three-fourth of the maidan was empty.

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