Rahul Gandhi also accused the prime minister of "failing" to keep his 2014 pre-poll promises, including providing jobs to 2 crore youth, remunerative prices for farmers' produce and Rs. 15 lakh into the bank accounts of every citizen.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi today claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is "flummoxed as the BJP is heading for defeat" and dared him for a debate on corruption, saying after that he will "not be able to face the public."
He also accused the prime minister of "failing" to keep his 2014 pre-poll promises, including providing jobs to 2 crore youth, remunerative prices for farmers' produce and Rs. 15 lakh into the bank accounts of every citizen.
"Modi is flummoxed as he can gauge that BJP is heading for a defeat in the polls. He is tense and is speaking improperly," Mr Gandhi said at a poll rally, his first in Chandigarh after the announcement of the Lok Sabha elections.
As a dust storm hit the area where Mr Gandhi was holding the rally in favour of party nominee Pawan Kumar Bansal, the Congress president told the gathering, "This is the dress rehearsal for May 23 (the day poll results will be declared) as another storm will come that day wiping out the BJP."
Mr Bansal has been pitted against sitting BJP MP Kirron Kher in the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat where polling will be held on May 19.
"He (Modi) says a lot of things about me, my father and my family in general. But I don't mind. In fact, I would say Narendra Modiji, the more you hate me, the more I will love you, because I belong to Mother India and it's only love that is in my heart," he said.
He said PM Modi had told people ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls that he would fight corruption and dared him for a debate on the issue as he launched a counter-offensive on the prime minister who has been raking up alleged graft during the previous Congress regime.