Addressing a poll rally on Sunday, in Naraingarh in Ambala district of Haryana, Chief Minister and BJP leader Manohar Lal Khattar said that the country always comes first for it for the Modi government, but for the Congress, it is the Nehru-Gandhi family. "When we say what should be given priority, we say country always comes first. On the other hand, Congress treats their leaders first, We say Bharat Mata Ki Jai, some in Congress say Sonia Mata Ki Jai," Khattar said at a poll rally in .
Alleging that Gurgaon Congress nominee has said that they will only say Sonia Mata ki jai, Khattar went on to claim: "A video has also gone viral over the internet in which the Congress nominee from Gurgaon assembly segment can be heard saying Gurgaon will not say 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' anymore and people will only say Sonia Mata Ki Jai." He said the Congress cannot now say the video is fake because "it will annoy Sonia Gandhi". "And if they say the video is authentic, the public will get angry."
"Congress president (Rahul Gandhi) said he resigned (after the LS poll debacle) and asked that a new chief be made from outside the Gandhi family. The took a couple of months, but still they could not find anyone suitable outside this family and again made Sonia Gandhi their chief," Khattar said. But under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said, the country's stature has increased and a glimpse of it was seen during the 'Howdy Modi!' event in Houston in the United States. "Even big countries consult Modi ji...seek his advice on policies and schemes," he added. "He is one of top world leaders now. Donald Trump had not given so much respect to anyone as much as he gave to Modi ji," he said, referring to the US president attending the Houston event.
The Election Commission on September 21 announced the dates for the upcoming Assembly polls for Haryana and Maharashtra. Polling on the 90 seats of Haryana will take place on October 21 and counting will take place on October 24. The term of Haryana assembly expires on November 2. Below is the detailed schedule of the upcoming elections: