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Maken: BJP needs to make its mind ‘Congress-free’

Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: August 10, 2014 4:19 am

Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah attacked the Congress, the party hit back claiming that the BJP was suffering from “Congress phobia” and argued the attack on the Congress was to hide its “failures”. It asked the BJP to shed its “obsession” about the Congress and instead focus on fulfilling its poll promises and work towards stamping out communalism and religious fanaticism.

“I heard the speakers at the BJP’s national council. One after another, all of them spoke about the Congress and nothing else. They appear to have been afflicted by severe Congress phobia or are obsessed by the Congress. Their fear of the Congress is such that they seem to have forgotten that they are now the ruling party and not the opposition,” Congress general secretary Ajay Maken said.

While Shah, in the context of the upcoming Assembly elections in four states, said the country was still not “Congress-free”, the Prime Minister accused the Congress of playing vote bank politics. Shah said it was time to replace the Congress school of thought with that of the BJP in the country’s politics.

Maken said the BJP leadership’s “obsession with the Congress is such that even in the political resolution that they passed an entire sub-head speaks of what the Congress party did during the last 75 days rather than telling the people as to what they have done during the last 75 days… They are not able to make their minds Congress-free.”

“The people want to know as to what they did in the last 75 days. They have failed miserably and this anti-Congress rhetoric is just a way of hoodwinking people and hiding their failures,” he added.

Hitting out at Modi for his comments on WTO, former commerce minister Anand Sharma said the Prime Minister’s statements were “utterly false”, adding: “…it seems he is less informed and less literate about the Bali package and WTO.”
Sharma dared him to reject the Bali package and make a statement in Parliament if he feels that the UPA government had given up on the rights of food security in WTO.

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