Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
New Delhi: As voting for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections started, Congress President Rahul Gandhi urged voters to vote wisely for the soul of India and its future.
Referring to promises made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi before assuming power, Gandhi reminded voters that instead of jobs and Rs 15 lakh in bank accounts, the Modi government has given them "no jobs, distrust, violence, hate and fear".
"You vote today for the soul of India. For her future. Vote wisely," he said on Twitter.
"No 2 Crore JOBS. No 15 Lakhs in Bank A/C. No ACCHE DIN. Instead: No JOBS. DEMONETISATION.Farmers in Pain. GABBAR SINGH TAX. Suit Boot Sarkar. RAFALE. Lies. Lies. Lies. Distrust. Violence. HATE. Fear [sic]," he also said.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted in Hindi, "Today, the Grand Festival of Democracy has started. The country does not have to be trapped in new tricks and has to follow the path to progress."
"We have to take India to new heights. We have to save it from lies, cheating and jumlas, and take it towards progress with love, peace and brotherhood. Do cast your vote because now "justice will be done," he said.
The first phase of voting in the seven-phased crucial Lok Sabha elections is underway in 91 constituencies.
The Congress and other opposition parties are seeking to wrest power from the Narendra Modi-led government, which is seeking another term.