Dahod (Gujarat): Describing Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's speech at Rajkot as "lacklustre", Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said her party tread carefully and is scared of speaking in the state, fearing a backlash.

"There was nothing in Soniaji's speech.. it was void of any substance and when media couldn't find anything interesting in it they have published big photographs of her," Modi said.

"They (Congress) are scared and are speaking carefully.. fearing that if anything wrong is uttered the people of state might go against them, leading to party's wipe out," he said.

On Wednesday, Gandhi launched Congress's poll campaign by addressing a huge rally in Rajkot in which she tore into Modi government's performance but avoided any reference to his allegations on the expenditure on her foreign trips.

Modi accused the Congress of "cheating" people by not honouring its promises made ahead of 2009 elections, and also defaming Gujarat by spreading false information about it.

"The Congress had assured to curb price rise within 100 days of it coming to power, prior to 2009 elections.... Have they been able to do so," Modi asked the gathering to which they said a "no".

Modi again asked them is this not called cheating, to which the gathering replied "yes" in unison.

The CM also exuded confidence that a repeat of last assembly polls will take place in Gujarat, when Congress had to taste defeat in Chota Udepur, a tribal belt, from where Sonia Gandhi flagged of its poll campaign in the state.

"In 2007 assembly polls, Congress had to face defeat in Chota Udepur, from where Sonia had launched its election campaign. Likewise, they shall loose the Rajkot seat this time, from where they have started their poll campaign," Modi asserted.

"Not only Congress was not able to save its Chota Udepur seat, but it was wiped off from the entire tribal belt of the state," he said.

(JPN/Agencies)

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