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Congress vice president has been consistently taking digs at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter to call him out on unfulfilled poll promises

Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Gandhinagar on Monday to address a massive rally of party workers and supporters at the Gujarat Gaurav Mahasammelan, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to give a sarcastic ‘weather forecast’, claiming that the poll-bound state will see a “jumlon ki baarish” (rain of rhetoric) during the Premier’s visit.

Modi’s address at the Gujarat Gaurav Mahasammelan, which marks the culmination of the BJP’s Gujarat Gaurav Yatra that had begun on October 1, is expected to be a high-octane attack against the Congress party which is hoping for a poll reversal in the state that is scheduled to go for Assembly polls in December. Considering that in each of his recent visits to the state, the Prime Minister has either launched a project (for example – the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train and the Sardar Sarovar Dam) or announced multiple sops and schemes, it is expected that Modi would make some announcements on Monday too which would endear voters to the BJP.

Pre-empting that the Prime Minister will try to woo voters by announcing new schemes or dangling some poll promise, Rahul took to Twitter to caution Gujaratis against buying the poll rhetoric.

The Congress vice president’s “jumlon ki baarish” is also a reference to a much publicised remark made by BJP national president Amit Shah months after the BJP romped to power at the Centre in May 2014 on the promise of bringing back black money stashed by Indians abroad and crediting bank accounts of all Indian citizens with Rs 15 lakh each- something that Shah had dismissed as a “chunavi jumla (poll rhetoric) when he was asked for a timeline within which these promises would be fulfilled.

In recent weeks, Rahul – usually chided by his political opponents for his gaffes and poor oratory – seems to have started using social media platforms to his advantage by hitting out at Modi through sarcastic comments on crucial matters.

With Gujarat expected to witness a high-voltage poll campaign and the Congress hoping to cash in on anti-incumbency (the BJP has been in power in the state for 22 years), dissent among Muslims and Dalits of the state who have been victims of communal violence and lynch mobs and traders who have lost business due to the GST roll-out, Rahul is pulling all stops to use Twitter to hit out at the BJP in general and Modi’s leadership in particular.

On October 11, the Congress vice president – who has himself visited Gujarat a couple of times over the past month to campaign for his party – had taken a swipe at Narendra Modi by predicting his possible poll promises for the state.

On Sunday, Rahul Gandhi had taken to Twitter to mock Modi’s much-photographed and discussed proclivity for hugging foreign dignitaries and heads of state during his diplomatic engagements. The Nehru-Gandhi scion had used a tweet posted by US President Donald Trump where he spoke of an improvement in his relations with Pakistani leaders to take a swipe at Modi. The Prime Minister has been hosted by the White House a couple of times in the past year while the BJP machinery had alluded to these meetings as being the reason behind America’s alienation of Pakistan.

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