Congress president Rahul Gandhi cornered Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA government at the Centre over the rising numbers of rapes in the country.

Addressing a rally in Chhattisgarh’s Raipur on Friday, Gandhi demanded to know why the PM was silent over the incidents of rapes in states ruled by the BJP especially in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

“In BJP-ruled states, women are not safe. Atrocities against women have risen alarmingly,” he said.

“The prime minister does not utter a word when girls are raped in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar,” he added.

He also targeted the government over the Rafale deal and demonetisation among a host of other issues.

“I asked the Defence Minister in Parliament why she lied to the people about the fighter jet deal? But my question was not answered. When I asked the Prime Minister, he was not able to look into my eyes. You must have seen on TV how he started looking here and there because even ‘chowkidar’ has become ‘bhaagidar’,” he said.

“PM Modi works for a handful of capitalists. For the rest of us, it’s demonetisation and ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’,” the 48-year-old Gandhi said referring to the GST.

“PM Modi goes to China for an ‘agenda-less meeting’,” said Gandhi drawing attention to the Wuhan visit by the PM in April. “What does this mean? He will do anything for power,” he alleged.

Gandhi was addressing a rally in Raipur after inaugurating a new party office.

He said that his party is duty bound to “bring out the truth” of Modi government. Assuring that Congress is for all, Gandhi said that his party is not like the RSS “where only one person’s voice is heard”.

In Chhattisgarh, Gandhi inaugurated Rajiv Bhawan, the new Congress office in Raipur. He also paid tributes to Congressmen who lost their lives in a Maoist attack in 2013 and flagged off the ‘Jungle-Satyagraha’.