Cong bashes BJP for 'communal' agenda

Last Updated 03 April 2014, 20:45 IST

After many controversial statements by the Delhi BJP leaders, the city Congress unit has attacked the party by terming Modi’s development model as “communal”.

Recently, the South Delhi BJP candidate Ramesh Bidhuri has allegedly made some controversial remark about Muslims.

“This is what they (BJP) want to spread in the entire country. This is their Modi model which they have brought from Gujarat. It is the ideology of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh which they are trying to convey to the entire country,” said former Delhi minister and Congress MLA Haroon Yusuf.

“The Muslims of India do not need a certificate from RSS, BJP or their leaders,” he added.
Earlier, senior BJP leader V K Malhotra had termed the Muslim-dominated Batla House area as a “safe haven” for terrorists.

Bidhuri, however, said on Thursday, “Most Muslims in our country are patriotic.”
‘He won’t spare terrorists’

Hinting at Pakistan’s role in terrorism in the country, Bidhuri said, “Modi will take care of Pakistan and terrorists would not be spared.”

He said Modi will also tackle the US, which imposed economic sanctions on the country due to the nuclear tests conducted by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.

Bidhuri slammed the sitting Congress MP Ramesh Kumar for neglecting the constituency and asked why he had not tried to build a hospital for 35 lakh people in the constituency and also check crime.

He accused the Aam Aadmi Party candidate Devinder Sehrawat of being involved in alleged land deals in Defence Enclave area by making his family members office bearers in a trust. Sehrawat denied the allegation.

The BJP candidate said some misleading pamphlets were being circulated in the constituency. at the behest of his “rattled” rivals alleging that he had withheld information on his criminal cases from the election office.

“I have no criminal case pending against me in any court. I am willing to withdraw from the election if anything is proved,” he said, countering the AAP candidate’s allegations.

Former Mayor joins Congress

Former Delhi Mayor Satbir Singh and his councillor wife Pushpa have joined the Congress party. Singh had separated himself from the party before December Assembly elections and had contested on a NCP ticket, reports DHNS from New Delhi.

“With the joining of Satbir Singh and his wife, the Delhi Congress has gained more support in South and New Delhi constituencies,” said city Congress spokesperson Mukesh Sharma.

Singh assured Congress that he will help in garnering Jat community votes from South and New Delhi areas.

Ashok Kumar, a prominent leader of Balmiki community also joined the Congress. Kumar, a former Divisional Commissioner of Delhi, has formed a “Balmiki Sena” with the help of volunteers of the community.

“In last Assembly elections, the Balmiki community had voted to Aam Aadmi Party as they found an emotional attachment with their election symbol broom,” he said.

“Many of the community members are sweepers in Delhi. But now the entire community will vote for Congress party as they have understood that the AAP is trying to fool them,” he added.

(Published 03 April 2014, 20:44 IST)

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