Addressing thousands of people at a rally in Ambikapur in Chhattisgarh, Rajnath Singh said, "Modi is one of the most popular leaders of the country and the Congress would try to intensify all sorts of attacks on him as the party is scared of his popularity.'

"All surveys have confirmed Modi's popularity and the BJP is in line to form the next government at the Centre," said the BJP chief from the state's tribal heartland Ambikapur town, headquarters of sprawling Surguja region, some 250 km from state capital.

He said the development and welfare works by Modi were being discussed abroad. The BJP chief hit out at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his recent statement in Parliament slamming the opposition for allegedly not allowing the house to function smoothly.

"Everybody knows in India what is the real plight of economy, people are battling poverty and unemployment but it's humorous and ridiculous that the Prime Minister held the opposition BJP responsible for its own government's failures," said Rajnath Singh.

"He (Prime Minister) said the Congress government failed to deliver because the BJP was vocal in parliament," the BJP president said at the rally held to mark the conclusion of the 6,000 km-plus Vikas Yatra of Chief Minister Raman Singh of the BJP.

Narendra Modi to address rally in Delhi on 29th September

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi along with other party leaders would be addressing a mass rally in New Delhi on September 29, the BJP announced on Saturday.

"The September 29 rally will give a further boost to BJP's poll readiness. To make it a huge success, the party workers will do door to door campaign to reach every household in the city. The party cadres are fully charged up," BJP leader Vijay Goel said.

Further, from September 14 to 17, the BJP will hold meetings at more than 2,000 urban centres separately to take stock of the poll preparations. Meanwhile, addressing a meeting, BJP's Delhi election in charge Nitin Gadkari said: "I call upon all BJP cadres to go out at the grassroots level and expose the misdeeds of the Congress government. The party cadres should reach every home and explain to them about the failures of the government."

Party leaders expressed confidence of wresting power from the Congress in Delhi, where assembly elections are scheduled later this year.

(JPN/Agencies)

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