New Delhi: Congress on Monday went on the
offensive against BJP over its frontal attack against Sonia
Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, accusing the main
opposition of personalising politics and degrading the quality
of public life.
In a tough message to BJP, party general secretary
Janardan Dwivedi said, "Does BJP want an investigation into
allegations levelled against its leaders from time to time by
the very persons who were at some point of time close to
them.... Nobody knows who will stand where if fingers are
raised on the top leadership of any party by linking distant
He also advised the opposition party to "mend its
language and the style of politics" saying this will do a
great deal of good to the country as "larger parties also have
larger responsibilities in a democracy".
Talking on condition of anonymity, a senior party
leader recalled the spate of allegations levelled by Jansangh
and BJP deserters against their own top leadership starting
from the days of Balraj Madhok.
At the AICC briefing, party spokesperson Manish Tewari
went hammer and tongs against the opposition party dubbing its
political resolution adopted at Guwahati a "bundle of lies"
fit to be dumped into a "political dustbin".
"BJP`s resolution is a bundle of lies. It smacks of
frustration and the only right place for it is political
dustbin," Tewari said.
Dwivedi said that parties or leaders that got into
personal attacks never succeeded. "Since freedom, whoever has
done the politics of personal attack has not succeeded. There
were people who levelled baseless allegations on Jawahar Lal
Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi but finally Congress
emerged victorious and those levelling allegations failed."
Senior Congress leaders are of the view that the more
personalised BJP`s attack gets, the heavier would be the
opposition party`s loss in terms of people`s sympathy.
"After remaining in government for six years, this
trait of BJP is not good. They are not being able to have
patience for UPA 2 to complete its four years in office,"
By taking politics down to such level, BJP will hugely
damage public discourse in the country, he said.
At the party briefing, Tewari said, "It`s high time
BJP learns that the way to do politics is not calumny campaign