Ahmedabad: After Shiv Sena, BJP leader and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has stepped up his attack on Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi and termed his visits to homes of poor as “photo-op”.

Recently, the Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece Saamna in Marathi carried a 'missing people' advertisement taking a sarcastic dig at Rahul Gandhi, stating he was missing from Maharashtra where the farmers really need him.

Modi used Independence Day to hit out at Congress for employing 'double-standards' in its fight against corruption, held the oldest party responsible for poverty in the country.

Addressing a gathering at RPF ground in Kheda district on Tuesday, he said the Congress MP has been touring several states, stopping by at the homes of farmers to share a meal and sometimes even spend the night at their homes only for publicity.

While referring to Rahul’s visits in homes of poor for “photo-ops” as a big shame, Modi accused the Congress for growing number of people living below poverty line.

 He also attacked the Centre for using constitutional bodies to insult Gujarat, adding that the party has deputed anti-Gujarat lobby to scuttle the development of the state.

The Chief Minister lashed out at the Central government for making false propaganda vis-a-vis social activist Anna Hazare and his team.

Modi, however, claimed that in the past decade, Gujarat by its ten percent growth has surpassed the country’s growth rate.

JPN/Bureau