Mumbai: BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Monday launched a blistering attack on Congress accusing it of misusing CBI and other agencies for "witch- hunting" political rivals and asserting he would not be cowed down by such threats.

He also said that there was "crisis of confidence" in the country and even Congress' allies were disenchanted and wanted to quit UPA.

"The government in Delhi wants to stop our march to power. They have fielded the CBI to threaten us. CBI can silence Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mayawati but not me," he said.

"They (the Centre) have been trying to instill fear of CBI (in me) every now and then. I will never be cowed down by CBI, IB, RAW or any agency in the world," the Gujarat Chief Minister said amid chants of Modi! Modi!

Later, addressing a gathering at Bharat Diamond Bourse, he trashed the Congress-led UPA government as the "most ineffective" in the country's history with control over "only the CBI and Tax Department".

"The government has lost control over everything. The only area it has control over is CBI and to some extent Income Tax department," Modi who was weighed against silver at the function said.

"Tonight they will watch video of this event. Who shook hands with me, who garlanded me...they will be on Income Tax department's radar. Does a government function with such vendetta? But Modi is made of different stuff. I am made of the soil from which Sardar Patel and Mahatma Gandhi were made," he said.

"There is a crisis of confidence in the country. Nobody trusts anybody. There are several partners in the UPA including one from Maharashtra. Ask them are they happy and they will tell you in private they are not. They are only thinking when to quit, how to quit," he said.

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and BJP deputy leader in the Lok Sabha Gopinath Munde were present at the function but only Modi spoke.


Latest News from India News Desk