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This was the first rally by Sonia Gandhi after assuming the post of Congress chief.However, the party has not given the specific reason for the sudden change in the plan.

Modi said that ever since the BJP government has stopped the practice of middlemen, Rs 8.5 lakh crore has been transferred to the bank accounts of the needy in the entire country and Maharashtra received Rs 42,000 crore.

India's child wasting rate is extremely high at 20.8 per cent -- the highest wasting rate of any country. The country's child stunting rate, 37.9 per cent, is also categorised as very high in terms of its public health significance, according to the GHI report.

Rahul Gandhi, who joined the campaign on Sunday, has addressed one rally in Haryana and three in Maharashtra, with two others scheduled in Maharashtra for Tuesday.

The BJP Working President also said that the manifesto represents all sections of the society, "Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas Aur Sabka Vishvas" (development for all with the trust of all). "It is focused on the last man standing on the last pedestal of society. Our commitment is to bring labour, Dalits and marginalised sections of the society into the mainstream," he said.

Disgruntled Nirupam called party leader Milind Deora 'Nikamma' (useless) and downplayed speculation over his absence at Rahul's rally in Maharashtra.

Without naming Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who vociferously attacked Modi on the Rafale deal issue in the run-up to Lok Sabha elections, Modi said that his government was committed to strengthening the defence forces.

Rahul alleged that Modi changed the contract of the Rafale deal. "So far as the Rafale deal is concerned, Air Force officials said that Modi himself changed the contract. There was a document of the Air Force, which said that it was the order of the Prime Minister," he said.

Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi while addressing an election rally in Latur earlier on Sunday, targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly ignoring real issues. "Sending a rocket to the moon will not feed the youth of the country," he said.

The Congress party is contesting Maharashtra Assembly polls in alliance with the NCP. The state will go to polls on October 21. The counting of votes will take place on October 24.