SHILLONG, Feb 13: A desperate Congress party is panicking and as such is resorting to communalizing the upcoming Assembly elections, according to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national spokesperson, Nalin Kohli.
Reacting to Congress national spokesman Tom Vaddakan’s allegations that there are political parties clandestinely supporting the BJP and his dubbing these political parties ‘Judas in operation’, Kohli said, “I am charging the Congress party for trying to communalize this election and trying to force the churches into politics which is very unfortunate.”
Without specifically naming anyone, Vaddakan had also accused these political parties of selling their souls while adding that their bodies are on sale. “These are the people who have compromised with the devil because of power,” Vaddakan had said on Monday.
Condemning these statements, Kohli said, “They (Congress) keep on saying divisive force, but Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, every community has voted and is voting for the BJP that is why we have 19 governments. Have they sold their souls and bodies to the devil? Is this how you treat the voters?” he asked.
Accusing the Congress of creating a negative campaign, Kohli said that the Congress is communalizing this election just to run away from its shameful track record. He also said that it is avoiding answering on accusations that the BJP had raised against it in a chargesheet that the saffron party had recently released.
“Why is the Congress party running away from answering the specific charges in the chargesheet?” he asked.
“The Congress is using divisive agenda because they are running away from their track record and their scams. They are trying to force these agendas and are spreading lies with regards to eating habits but we have always said political parties don’t decide what people of an area eat or what clothes they wear. That is to be decided by the people of an area,” he added.
He said that the Congress is unable to answer on the allegations against it and unable to say why it has not kept promises made in Meghalaya.
“If the people are making up their mind to vote for the BJP for Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas and development as they have done in 19 states now is that a divisive agenda, is that surrender?” Kohli said while urging the Congress to refrain from use of such negative language.
Further slamming the Congress for using the term ‘Judas in operation’, the BJP leader said, “We have a confused Congress spokesperson who should visit some senior pastors and must read the Bible properly.”
Denying that the BJP has links with other political parties in the state, Kohli said that the BJP is contesting many seats against the NPP, UDP, Congress and other political parties.
He pointed out that in Raliang, the UDP candidate’s brother was involved in a scuffle and an FIR has been filed against him by BJP’s party workers, while many NPP leaders are joining BJP in Garo Hills and asked “Is that supporting each other?”
“If the Congress sees this as a hidden plan and links it to the Bible then I think the Congress party needs some serious help as the language used shows the desperation and panic in the Congress party,” he stated.
“Are you saying the BJP ministers who are Christians whether in Goa, Manipur and Christian voters are anti-Christians. Our agenda is Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas and the Constitution which does not distinguish anyone,” he said when asked about allegations that the BJP is anti - Christian.