With Congress president Sonia Gandhi projecting this Lok Sabha elections as a contest against “communal forces”, the BJP national executive on Friday approved its political resolution that sought to dispel such allegations by highlighting the Ahmedabad court’s clean chit to their prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in the 2002 Gujarat riots cases.
While Sonia used “sarva dharma sambhava” as the Congress’s guiding principle, the national executive decided to flaunt “satyameva jayate” — the phrase used by Modi after the clean chit last month — for their political resolution. The resolution will be adopted by the party’s two-day national council here that starts Saturday. Sources said the resolution will charge the Congress and certain NGOs of conspiring to defame Modi over the 2002 riots despite the court’s clean chit.
The BJP resolution is also set to mount an attack on the alleged vote-bank politics of the Congress and other parties like JD(U) and Samajwadi Party, by pointing to the Indian Mujahideen’s audacious attack on Modi’s rally in Patna and the Muzaffarnagar riots, sources present during the discussion on the political resolution said.
Addressing the party’s national executive, BJP chief Rajnath Singh on Friday cautioned party leaders against the Congress’s alleged strategy to rally other parties to halt the BJP’s march and instal a puppet government after the Lok Sabha elections. “The Congress’s defeat is written large on the wall. That is why it is the Congress’s strategy to halt the BJP’s victory chariot from attaining the majority to ensure that the next government is not a strong government but a majboor (puppet) government,” BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar quoted Rajnath as saying.
Rajnath dubbed the Congress-led UPA as a non-performing asset (NPA) and expressed confidence that the BJP will emerge victorious in the elections. “UPA has now become an NPA. People of the country want to write off this NPA during the Lok Sabha elections and provide a decisive mandate to the BJP,” he was quoted as saying.
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While Rajnath didn’t directly mention Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) national ambitions, he asked cadres to reach out to masses with a promise of “purna swaraj” based on “purna imaandaari”. His choice of the phrases appeared as an attempt to counter AAP’s promise of “swaraj” and “imaandaari”.
“Rajnath Singh appealed for purna imaandaari, be it financial, ethical or on the issue of national integrity,” Javadekar said.
The political resolution of the BJP decided to take a veiled dig at AAP by branding it an affiliate of Congress in the same manner as other “so-called secular” parties. “Congress’s hand (election symbol) is no more with the aam admi, but with the Aam (Aadmi) Party. When we attack Congress, we also remain cautious about their allies be it NCP, SP, BSP, Lalu’s party in Bihar or Aam Party in Delhi or DMK in Tamil Nadu. We are also alert against the Congress’s shield (AAP),” BJP spokesperson Shahnawaj Hussain said.