Last Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014, 22:23
Bhagalpur: Counter-attacking the divisive and communal barb, BJP on Monday said Congress was the 'biggest communal party' because it was responsible for the partition of India and the Bhagalpur riots.
"Congress is trying to frighten Muslims in the name of Narendra Modi and calling BJP communal and divisive... But the truth is that Congress is the biggest communal party which facilitated partition of the country," BJP President Rajnath Singh told an election meeting at Kahalgaon in favour of Shahnawaz Hussain.
"Jab Gujarat nahi batah to desh kaise batega (when Gujarat was not divided during the Modi regime how will the country will be divided)?" he asked in the Muslim-dominated Bhagalpur Lok Sabha seat that will go to the polls on April 24.
Making a strong defence of BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Singh said Muslims had the highest per capita income in Gujarat compared to other states.
"Hindus and Muslims live in harmony in Gujarat. Muslims vote for Narendra Modi in a large chunk and will do the same in Varanasi this time," he said.
Shahnawaz Hussain also appealed to Muslims not to fall into the trap of Congress and other "so called" secular parties who were trying to gain their votes in the name of 2002 Gujarat riots.
"Congress, which is talking about Gujarat riots, shall first tell us about 1989 Bhagalpur communal strife that resulted in the death of thousands of Muslims," Hussain said.
The BJP President also hit back at 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 Singh highlighted achievements of the NDA government in controlling prices of essential commodities and raising the status of the country as a super power after Pokhran nuclaer explosion.
He said price rise during Congress rule was mainly because of widespread corruption promoted by it. "We saw CWG scandal, 2G and now Jijaji (Robert Vadra)," he said.
First Published: Monday, April 21, 2014, 21:48