Cong, CPM practicing communal politics, says Rajnath

via published on April 27, 2006

Pioneer News Service | Kozhikode

Claiming that the BJP was the most secular party at the national level, party president Rajnath Singh on Wednesday accused the Congress and the CPI(M) of practising communal politics by appeasing the minorities.

Even in Kerala, both the Congress and the CPI(M) were communalising politics by aligning with extremist elements for the sake of winning the polls, he alleged.

There was ‘cut-throat’ competition between the two in playing the communal card in the State, he added.

Attacking the Left parties for supporting the Congress-led UPA Government while adopting an anti-Government position on major issues, the BJP president said the CPI(M) was indulging in ’emotional blackmailing’ of minorities by raising issues concerning Muslim nations and also accusing the Manmohan Singh-led Government of implementing American programmes.

On reports that Rahul Gandhi was prepared to take over the leadership in Uttar Pradesh, Singh said, “The Congress is politically insignificant in UP and appointing a leader is that party’s internal problem.”

He refused to comment when asked to react on VP Singh’s newly-formed Jan Morcha. Making light of Sonia Gandhi’s recent remarks that the BJP was taking out yatras only to spread the ‘poison’ of communalism, Singh said, “We are able to reach the masses and communicate with them effectively through the yatras.”

The BJP leader said that his party would contemplate shifting its general secretary Pramod Mahajan abroad for treatment only on the advice of doctors attending on him at the Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai.

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