BJP national president Rajnath Singh took a dig at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, accusing him of being a mute spectator to corruption, falling rupee, spiralling inflation and unemployment.
Launching the election campaign for 2014, Singh tried to reach out to all communities. He said branding of the BJP as a communal party is a Congress tactic aimed at diverting attention from issues. No one has ever accused Narendra Modi of religion-based discrimination in Gujarat, which has emerged as a model state due to its all-round development, he asserted.
“It is Congress that has adopted the British policy of divide and rule even as the BJP believes in taking along people from all religions,” he said, addressing a meeting of party workers in Chandigarh as part of his two-day visit.
Claiming that the financial health of the country was much better during the NDA regime, Rajnath Singh said BJP would now provide an alternate economic model to the country in the form of a vision document which is being prepared under the supervision of party leader Nitin Gadkari.
“I met members of US Senate recently and they were surprised to know that India had its financial deficit under control during NDA regime,” he said. Commenting on factionalism in both the Congress and CPM, he denied any fissures in the BJP.