Cong almost dead in UP, gasping for oxygen: BJP

Terming the Congress a "dead" party in Uttar Pradesh, state BJP on Tuesday said its general secretary Rahul Gandhi was desperately looking for oxygen.

Last Updated: Dec 13, 2011, 19:53 PM IST

Lucknow: Terming the Congress a "dead" party in Uttar Pradesh, state BJP on Tuesday said its general secretary Rahul Gandhi was desperately looking for oxygen to revive its prospects ahead of Assembly polls in the state.

The party was responding to Rahul`s remarks at a rally in Badaun district, earlier in the day, that the BJP was on a ventilator.
"Before making such remarks Rahul should look at his own
party which itself is in intensive care unit in UP," party
spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said.

He alleged the Congress leader was aware of the ground
realities and, therefore, he was desperately looking for
oxygen to revive his party which is almost "dead" in UP.

"The BJP has double the number of members in Vidhan Sabha
than the Congress. Therefore, Rahul should take care of his
house instead of commenting on others," Pathak said.

The party spokesman alleged the Congress and the BSP were
indulging in dramatics in a bid to mislead the people ahead of
the UP polls.
"If Rahul knows that funds are being siphoned off in UP
and Mayawati`s elephant is eating money, then why the
Congress-led UPA government is not taking any action?," he
asked.

"In reality both the Congress and the BSP are having a
tacit understanding with the latter supporting the UPA at the
Centre. Rahul`s rhetoric is nothing more then an attempt to
mislead the people," Pathak said.

He also attacked UP Chief Minister Mayawati and said
she should clarify her party`s stand on the Lokpal bill in
Parliament.

"Mayawati has announced to oppose the current draft of
Lokpal in Parliament but in the past her party had supported
the Congress-led UPA government at crucial moments," he said.

Pathak said if the BSP was against the policies of the
UPA government then it should withdraw its "unconditional
support" to it.

"The war of words between the two parties is nothing but
an eyewash. Otherwise, the Centre should have ordered an
inquiry into the documents submitted by the BJP against
Mayawati and her family members," the spokesman said.

PTI