Shinde takes dig at Modi choice,BJP targets Rahul

While the Congress and BJP have not yet formally announced their prime ministerial candidates, both parties on Wednesday traded verbal attacks over their potential choices — Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:September 11, 2013 2:56 am

While the Congress and BJP have not yet formally announced their prime ministerial candidates, both parties on Wednesday traded verbal attacks over their potential choices — Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi.

The Congress took a dig at BJP’s internal tussle over projecting Modi as the party’s candidate,while the BJP dismissed Rahul’s credentials altogether.

“PM candidate can be announced by any small or big political party… tomorrow any Ramu,Shamu or Dhamu can do this. That means nothing and is an internal matter of the BJP,” senior Congress leader and Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde. He asserted that “our (Congress’s) leader is Rahul Gandhi,we have already said that”.

The BJP,on the other hand,denied any tussle within the party and dimissed Rahul’s leadership,saying he lacked experience required for the office. “In the BJP there is no opposition to any leader from any other,neither is there any competition among them,” BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi told reporters.

“The experience of having young inexperienced leaders as chief ministers or prime minister has not been good. Be it in case of Omar Abdullah in Jammu and Kashmir,Akhilesh Yadav in UP or late Rajiv Gandhi as prime minister. Terrorism spread across various parts of the country during the prime ministersip of Rajiv Gandhi,” he said in response to queries regarding the possibility of Rahul’s projection as the Congress’s PM candidate.

The BJP spokesperson also came down heavily against the SP government in Uttar Pradesh over the Muzaffarnagar violence.

“The administrative machinery has failed in Uttar Pradesh. In fact,the impartialty of state administration is completely suspect in the current situation,” Trivedi said,reiterating the BJP’s demand for the dismissal of state government.

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