Hyderabad/New Delhi: Dismissing Congress' attack on the move to charge Rs 5 from people for attending Narendra Modi's public meeting in Hyderabad, the BJP on Tuesday said the ruling party is making allegations as it is “unable to digest the growing popularity” of the Gujarat Chief Minister.

"Congress is rattled by Narendra Modi. They are not able to digest the growing popularity of Narendra Modi. That's why they are making such allegations. They are trying to hit below the belt," senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said.

"We don't understand why Congress should object to it. The party took this decision to promote a sense of involvement. The token money is meant for Uttarakhand relief. If he (Union Minister Manish Tewari) says it is a flop show, he can go for flop shows. Congress show itself is a flop show. Congress has been running a flop show in this country for the last 50 years," he said.

Naidu was replying to a query on Union Minister Manish Tewari's comments on the state BJP's move to collect Rs 5 per person for attending the public meeting to be addressed by Modi in Hyderabad on August 11.

Those who can afford, they can give Rs 5 and those who cannot afford are also welcome, State BJP unit president G Kishan Reddy had said on Monday.

Congress is feeling insecure: Rudy

BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that Modi’s presence was making the Congress “feel insecure”. "Modi's presence in the country is definitely having an impact on the Congress party. They are absolutely restless and possibly they feel that Narendra Modi is now omnipresent, omnipotent," Rudy said.

He said, "The question which arises here is why they are trying to target Narendra Modi. Are they insecure? Do they feel that things are going out of their hands? Is this man very popular, is this man going to give them a challenge?"

Rudy claimed that people were appreciating the way Modi was conducting himself.

"It is a visible distress in the Congress party which is prompting them to make bizarre statements. They are trying to target him. Let them do that," the BJP leader said.

(JPN/Agencies)

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