Virtually kickstarting the Congress campaign for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections,party president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday the BJP accusing it of indulging in polarisation and divisive politics.
“Grave damage has been done to our secular polity,society and economy by the BJP-led NDA. Theirs is a voice of polarisation,of division,of hatred. Ours is a voice of social justice,communal harmony and inclusiveness,” she said.
Gandhi,who was addressing a meeting of her party’s district and block level office-bearers,said BJP-NDA spoke for the “privileged few” while the Congress was the “voice of the multitude and the aam aadmi”.
Noting that safeguarding of the secular polity,unprecedented economic growth and fight against terror were among the Congress-led government’s achievements,Gandhi said though the country was reeling under the impact of a global recession,the government had done a commendable job.
“The world is going through aneconomic recession. There is no room for complacency but India is demonstrating its resilience,” she said.
Describing terror as one of the major challenges,Gandhi said,”The recent barbaric terror attacks in Mumbai and Assam remind us of the pain we are going through. But we have no doubt that we will overcome this difficult situation.”
She also warned the neighbouring countries not to take India’s “patience” to be a sign of weakness and said those abetting terrorism will be given a befitting reply.
Gandhi said the Congress did not believe in making political capital out of the fight against terror like the opposition.
“The opposition created hurdles in Parliamentary functioning and also caused undue delay in passing of the anti-terror law,” she said.
The Congress president accused the BJP-led NDA of playing communal politics. “Those who gather people on religious lines,mislead people in the name of Ram,cannot become an effective force against terror,” she said.
Gandhi lauded the Congress as being the only party which believed that communal harmony and economic development were two sides of the same coin.
She also said the Congress had young leaders who had benefitted from the political background of their families.
However,the number of those who have risen because of their own efforts was much higher,she said.