New Delhi: BJP on Friday accused Rahul Gandhi
of trying to polarise voters in Bihar by questioning the
secular credentials of its ally JD(U) and divert attention
from the main issues of development and law and order.
"Rahul Gandhi wants to divert the focus of these polls
from development and law and order with his comments. We will
not allow these designs to succeed and bring back the
attention of the people to our government`s achievements in
development and improving law and order," BJP spokesperson
Shahnawaz Hussain said.
At a rally yesterday in Bihar, Gandhi had questioned the
secular credentials of JD(U) and maintained that the latter
could not have a "partnership (with BJP)" and still say it was
opposed to "divisive" politics.
BJP leaders feel Gandhi raised this issue to send across
a message to the electorate of the Seemanchal belt of Bihar-
which has a sizable minority population and goes to polls in
the first phase- that JD(U) was not secular and thus polarise
voters in favour of the Congress.
Congress has given the party ticket to a good number of
candidates from the minority community.
BJP sources said Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) leader
Nitish Kumar had made overtures to the minority community
during his rule and Gandhi may have made the comments
yesterday to counter them.
Asked how Gandhi`s campaigning in Bihar would affect
NDA`s fortunes, Hussain said, "He had campaigned in Bihar
during the Lok Sabha elections also and had proved to
BJP President Nitin Gadkari had also dismissed Gandhi`s
clout in Bihar elections, saying there was no "Rahul charisma"
and the polls were a "litmus test" for him.