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Rajnath rings Cong deceit alert

New Delhi, Jan. 16: BJP president Rajnath Singh today sounded the first note of warning as the BJP readies to repose a huge confidence vote in Narendra Modi’s leadership at a three-day session of over 10,000 delegates here beginning tomorrow.

In a meeting of office-bearers, state minders and chief ministers that Rajnath chaired this evening, spokesperson Sudanshu Trivedi quoted him as saying: “So far, the Congress pursued the politics of ‘jod-tod’ (make and break). It appears in the coming Lok Sabha election it will resort to the politics of ‘chhal-prapanch’ (fraud and deceit).” The target, Rajnath said, was BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Modi.

Trivedi also responded to questions on whether Rajnath’s apprehension was rooted in the Congress’s support to the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi — the BJP had earlier alleged that such backing facilitated a “back-door” entry for the Congress despite being voted out conclusively.

Trivedi said: “The Congress’s strategy against Modi has several elements: media propaganda, allegations and counter-allegations and, maybe, also using the party being mentioned.”

Apart from “celebrating” Modi’s “charisma”, the BJP, in its national executive and the ensuing national council sessions, will also emphasise Modi’s “experience in governance” to make the point that of the Prime Minister contenders ranked in poll surveys, which includes Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal, Modi’s claim was the “strongest”.

“The country stands at a critical juncture where people must ask if they can experiment with rookies and radicals as PM,” said Trivedi.

BJP sources said the political resolution expected to be adopted by the council might allude to the record of the country’s youngest chief ministers and Prime Minister: Akhilesh Yadav of Uttar Pradesh, Omar Abdullah of Jammu and Kashmir and the late Rajiv Gandhi. “We have to ask what kind of governments those with zero experience can offer,” a source said.

Rajnath directed all the BJP’s elected and salaried representatives — from MPs, MLAs and legislative council members down to sarpanchs and pradhans — to contribute a month’s wage to the “NaMo for PM” fund. The BJP has over 130,000 elected representatives.