Partur (Maharashtra): Congress is on its death bed as nepotism has overshadowed its nationalism, said PM Modi, targeting the party.

PM Modi was addressing a rally in Partur in Maharashtra and attacked Congress for its lack of interest in nationalism.

"Congress' nationalism has been suppressed by nepotism. Due to dynasticism, Congress is unable to see nationalism. This is the reason that Congress is faltering today and breathing its last."

"I read somewhere that new training has started in Congress. They will be teaching nationalism to their leaders. This means that today's Congress does not have even patriots. Their nationalism has been trampled by their family-ism," Modi said.

Speaking on Congress' opposition to abrogation of Article 370, PM Modi said, "Will any nationalist protest against the surgical strikes? Will they insult the Army and its warriors? These people did that job shamelessly."

PM Modi asserted that everybody should speak in one voice on issues of national interest and defence.

He questioned Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress' integrity and said, "There have always been voices from Maharashtra about nationalism and patriotism. But unfortunately, these ethics and values of Maharashtra have always hurt by the leaders of Congress-NCP on every occasion, on every platform. They are not even ready to understand your feelings."

Prime Minister Modi's election campaign in Maharashtra will end on October 18.

Single-phased polls in Maharashtra are scheduled to be held on October 21 and results will be announced on October 24.

(With ANI inputs)