BJP-Congress war of words worsens
To ward off the sharp attack unleashed by Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, the Congress on Monday fielded its three ministers namely minister of state for human resource development Shashi Tharoor, information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari and minister for sate, home affairs RPN Singh, as well as party media department head Ajay Maken.
While the ministers went berserk on social media, Ajay Maken, at a specially convened press conference said, ‘The burqa of secularism is much better than naked communalism. While communalism divides, secularism binds.’
‘He (Modi) has no moral authority to criticise the central government when he has failed in his state as chief minister,’ Maken said. ‘He has no right to create a false impression.’
Maken contended that during the nine years of the UPA rule, the performance was better than what the BJP-led NDA achieved during its six-year rule 1998-2004.
However, there was also surprise for Modi in the counsel coming from senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha who discouraged use of emotive issues as a tool of poll campaign. Defending its leader, the BJP said the Congress had no right to criticise him as he has won three elections based on his development agenda.
‘The Congress which couldn’t defeat him in Gujarat on these very issues is talking about it from Delhi now,’ BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.