Slamming Congress candidate for Bhopal constituency Digvijaya Singh, for not casting his vote, PM Modi on Monday questioned whether 'Diggy Raja' was afraid of his own constituents and thus missed voting himself. He also questioned what kind of example Singh was setting for first-time voters implying that voting is not important while addressing a rally in Madhya Pradesh's Ratlam.
"Why are you so scared? You are not even scared of Zakir Naik too. Then why were you scared of your own constituents? These 'mahamilawati' people of Congress are being seen closely by first-time voters of the nation. They view all the news on their mobile phones. Are you teaching that voting is not important to those 21st century youth who are voting and deciding the future of the nation? You have committed a sin, Diggy Raja," said PM Modi.
He also appealed to first-time voters to vote in big numbers so as to punish this example set by the Congress.
In another rally in Himachal Pradesh's Solan, the Prime Minister continued his attack on Digvijaya Singh saying that he had publicized an internal fight with Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath and not cast his vote.
"He was crying and telling everyone in Bhopal to vote otherwise I will lose my job and got so busy doing that, that he forgot to vote. You may hate your constituents or even have a fight with your Chief Minister. But you just had to go inside the booth and come back without pressing any button if you wish. You have publicized your internal fight with your CM. What kind of fight do you have, Diggy Raja? "
Earlier on Sunday, Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh who was supposed to place his vote in Rajgarh, gave the polls a miss stating that his polling location was too far away from his constituency, Bhopal.
Speaking to news agency ANI, the Congress leader said that he regrets that he could not vote in Rajgarh, stating that he will register his name in Bhopal next time.
"Yes I couldn't go to vote to Rajgarh and I regret it. Next time I will register my name in Bhopal," Digvijaya Singh said speaking to the media.
The Congress candidate from Bhopal, who is up against BJP's Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, spent the entire Sunday in his constituency which also went to polls in the sixth phase of elections. While campaigning across several polling booths in the states, he missed voting at a polling booth in Rajgarh, which is around 140 km away from the Madhya Pradesh capital city.