BJP president Rajnath Singh accused the Congress Saturday of trying to turn the elections into a secular vs communal divide, adding that Gujarat CM Narendra Modi had got the court’s clean chit in the 2002 Gujarat riots.
“It was Manmohan Singh who said Muslims have the first right on India’s resources. If there is any party that takes decisions based on religious considerations, it is the Congress. It was your home minister who talked about ‘Hindu terrorism’. It was your government that tried to conduct a religious headcount in Armed Forces. If there is any communal party, it is the Congress,” Rajnath Singh said, addressing the party’s National Council meeting here.
In a hint at the AAP, Rajnath Singh said new parties were on the same page as the Congress on the issue of vote bank politics. “Take the Batla House encounter. Almost all non-NDA parties — from the oldest to the newest — and from the ones perceived as the most corrupt to those that lay claim to being the most virtuous, joined the chorus in expressing sympathy for the alleged criminals and mocking the sacrifices of security personnel,” he said.
He also hinted at the AAP-Congress arrangement in Delhi to warn the party that the Congress could try anything to contain the BJP, and that party cadres should be alert to self-proclaimed anti-Congress parties entering into a post-poll alliance with the Congress. “It is equally important to disapprove conglomeration of people without any ideological footing to run the government,” he said.
Later, speaking to district presidents and coordinators for each Lok Sabha constituency, Modi cautioned them about the “tricks” of the Congress.
Former Apple executive and Dwarka MLA Adarsh Shastri has also been included in the spokespersons’ list.