BJP president Amit Shah Saturday took a potshots at his Congress counterpart Rahul Gandhi saying he is no match to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who works 18 hours a day without taking a leave in the last 20 years, whereas Gandhi takes a break from work every two months leaving even mother clueless about his whereabouts.

Addressing back-to-back rallies in tribal-dominated Mayurbhanj and mineral-rich Jajpur Lok Sabha constituencies of Odisha, the BJP chief accused Congress leaders of advocating soft approach towards separatists.

With Odisha witnessing assembly election along with that of Parliament, Shah launched a blistering attack at Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik accusing him of sheltering culprits of chit fund and mining scams in the state. “Modi ji is hard working, dedicated and honest. The Prime Minister, who works 18 hours a day, has not taken a single day’s leave in last 20 years as he has dedicated himself to the nation,” Shah said.

In sharp contrast, Shah said, “Rahul Baba (Gandhi) goes on leave every two months. His people keep looking for him. Even his mother gets worried as she has no clue… ‘bitwa kahan chalagaya, malum nehin padta maako’ (mother has no clue as to where her son has gone).”

Asserting that only a BJP government under the leadership of Modi can ensure speedy and balanced development and keep the country safe and secure, Shah claimed people across the country have resolved that Modi will become the prime minister again.

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