Speaking at a rally here, Modi said he understood the ‘pain’ felt by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan due to the Centre's attitude.

"The Centre has a big brotherly attitude towards states, which would not do. We are all equals, our government would bring this culture and take all Chief Ministers along for the country's development," he said.

Modi said the Congress first seeks support from the people and then cheats them.

"The Congress first shakes your hand, then it scares you by raising its hand and then it indulges in sleight of hand," he said.

He said many governments have come and gone since independence but this is the first time that people have seen such magnitude of corruption.

Taking up the issue of price rise, Modi said it was strange that no Congress leader was willing to talk about rising prices.

"The Congress is irresponsible because the party and its leaders do not say a word about rising prices and corruption," he said.

“The UPA had come to power in 2009 as the people had voted for it thinking that it would fulfill its promise of reducing rising prices within 100 days,” he said and asked whether the prices had actually come down.

Modi said the time had come to make his dream of a ‘Congress free India’ a reality.

In his speech, Modi made attempts to woo the tribals of the area, saying Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government had done much for their welfare.

"The welfare of tribals, education, employment and health security for them will be the priority of the BJP. India can progress only when all its parts progress together," he said.

Modi also lavished praise on Chauhan, saying the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister has made a place for himself in the hearts of the poor with his work.

(Agencies)

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