BJP president Rajnath Singh today took on the Congress, calling it the “most communal party” and holding it responsible for India’s partition and the Bhagalpur riots.
“The Congress is trying to frighten Muslims in the name of Narendra Modi and calling the BJP communal and divisive... but the truth is that the Congress is the biggest communal party which facilitated partition of the country,” Rajnath told an election meeting at Kahalgaon where he was campaigning for Bhagalpur candidate Shahnawaz Hussain.
“Jab Gujarat nahi bata to desh kaise batega (when Gujarat was not divided during the Modi regime how will the country get divided)?” he asked the Muslim-dominated seat that goes to polls on April 24. He also said Muslims had the highest per capita income in Gujarat. “Hindus and Muslims live in harmony in Gujarat. Muslims vote for Narendra Modi in large numbers and will do so in Varanasi this time,” he said.
Shahnawaz Hussain, too, appealed to Muslims not to fall into the trap of the Congress and other “so called” secular parties. “The Congress, which is talking about Gujarat riots, should first tell us about the 1989 Bhagalpur communal strife that resulted in the death of thousands of Muslims,” Hussain said.
The BJP president also hit at the Congress for accusing the BJP of spending over Rs 10,000 crore on publicity in the current elections. “We did not keep Congressmen for audit of BJP accounts so how do they know of this?” he asked.
Rajnath called upon the youth to vote for Modi so that the next BJP-led government would be in a position to create jobs for the youth. He devoted his over 30-minute address to attacking the Congress party.
“The party has created a unique history as regards ghotalas (corruption cases) like 2G, 3G and jijaji (brother-in-law, hinting at Robert Vadra),” he alleged.
“Corrupt politicians have deposited huge amounts of money in different banks in abroad,” he alleged.
He however assured the crowd that if the BJP comes to power and Narendra Modi becomes Prime Minister, the new government would bring back black money stashed in banks abroad and utilise it for the welfare of rural areas. Former state minister Ashwani Kumar Choubey attended the rally.