Modi cited the ruling party's ‘refusal’ to consult BJP in selecting the country's President and former prime minister Indira Gandhi's targeting media during the Emergency.

“Her party and government had belittled and humiliated all democratic institutions from the CAG, CVC and CBI,” Modi said.

"The constitution gave media freedom. Your mother-in-law snatched this and put behind the bars self-respecting journalists. Could you not have enhanced the country's pride by consulting the opposition in choosing the President? You used CBI to reach a majority in Parliament whenever the need arose,” he added.

"Your ‘shehzada’ called a press conference to reject a decision taken by the Cabinet headed by a Prime Minister who was loyal to you. You talk of Congress respecting democratic institutions, what kind of respect is this” he questioned.

Modi, who is contesting from Vadodara and Varanasi, also accused Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi of running away from accepting ‘big responsibilities’.

"He must be searching for toffees and balloons," Modi said while referring to barbs of Rahul at his developmental claims.

The Congress leader had recently derided ‘Gujarat model’ as ‘toffee-model’.

Modi also cited the registration of a criminal case by the CBI against senior IB officials in connection with 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter case to target the Congress-led UPA government.

He expressed confidence that the BJP's performance in the elections signifies that the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre has been ‘unseated by people’.

"We have to work for a strong government in the remaining seats. We have to aim for 300 plus seats. A strong government can take strong steps and your strong intentions can then bear fruits," he said.

(JPN/Agencies)

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