Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that the Congress in Madhya Pradesh has now latched onto cow for its survival.

The Congress, in its manifesto for the upcoming Madhya Pradesh Assembly Elections on November 28, has promised to build ‘gaushalas’ in every Gram Panchayat.

“Congress leaders are now doing temple-hopping as they know that the party cannot achieve anything on its own. They are kneeling before God and holding onto cow’s feet,” Singh said, addressing campaign rallies in Sagar, Morena and Gwalior region.

“They are holding onto the cow’s tail and promising to build shelter homes for cows,” he said.

“For us (the ruling BJP) cow is not an election issue. Temple and cow are crucial parts of our culture,” he added.

Saying that chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is the first choice of people, the senior BJP leader alleged that the “Congress does not like him as he is born in a simple family.”

The opposition party is yet to choose its chief ministerial candidate while the BJP has renominated Chouhan, Singh said.

When he campaigned in the state during 2003 elections, “there was darkness under the regime of then chief minister Digvijay Singh, now there is brightness (electricity) in each household,” he said.

Under the Congress rule from 1993-2003, the agricultural growth rate of the state was three per cent, which has now soared to 20 per cent, while the per capita income has risen to Rs 80,000 from Rs 15,000, the Union minister said.

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The Congress is hoping to make inroads in the state that has been under the BJP rule since 2003. The party is also in a pursuit to stitch a larger anti-BJP alliance for 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Elections to the Madhya Pradesh assembly will be held on November 28 to a total of 230 constituencies. Counting of votes will be held on December 11.

(With PTI inputs)