Mocking the Congress over the upcoming election of its president, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today alleged the party had a history of rigging organisational polls.
The outcome of the election to the top post in the Congress was a foregone conclusion, Modi said while addressing a rally in Gujarat's Surendranagar district.
"If you do not have democracy in your home (party) how can you practise it in the country," Modi asked.
Modi told the crowd that had gathered for the Gujarat Assembly election rally here that an election was to be held in the Congress party for its president.
"What is the result everybody knows," he said, prompting the crowd to reply that the post would go to (Congress vice president) Rahul Gandhi.
Gandhi is likely to be elected Congress president in the ongoing organisational polls.
Modi went on to claim that this was a practice in the Congress party.
"Sardar Patel got more votes than Jawharlal Nehru when the Congress party had (then) met to decide who would be the prime minster of the country. But that election was rigged and Nehru won," he alleged.
This is what happened with Morarji Desai, too, Modi said. "They have a history of rigging elections," he charged.
Referring to Congressman Shehzad Poonawalla by his first name, Modi said he had raised questions over the process of elections and had alleged it was being rigged.
“A youngster Shehzad has exposed the rigging that is taking place in the Congress President Poll. And Shehzad is a senior Congress leader in Maharashtra. Congress has tried to muzzle his voice and wants to even remove him from their social media groups. What tolerance is this,” said PM Modi.
“Those who have no internal democracy can't work for people. I want to say to this youngster Shehzad- you have done a brave thing but this is sadly what has always happened in Congress,” he added.
"They keep on muttering words like tolerance, tolerance, tolerance... But the party has brought out a diktat to silence this youth. The party has gagged him from all WhatsApp groups; he has been collectively boycotted by that party," the prime minister claimed.
"We have a Gujarati saying which means that a bucket can get filled only if there is water in the well. If you do not have democracy in your home (party) how can you practise it in the country," Modi said.
The prime minister is slated to address another election rally later in the day. Gujarat will vote in two phases to elect a 182-member Assembly on December 9 and 14.