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BJP criticises PM for remarks on Rahul
April 16, 2007 14:19 IST
Coming down heavily on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for describing Congress MP Rahul Gandhi as the 'future of Uttar Pradesh', senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Murli Manohar Joshi said on Monday that he failed to fathom what 'future' the prime minister was referring to.
Campaigning for the BJP in a backward district of eastern UP, Dr Joshi said he could understand gullible politicians saying such things about Rahul 'for survival', but not Dr Singh, who holds the most important constitutional post.
Dr Joshi was referring to the prime minister's statement from Afzalgarh where he sought support for Congress by projecting Rahul as 'future of UP'.
He said the young MP was busy attributing all the credit for the freedom struggle to the Nehru-Gandhi family, forgetting sacrifices of all other great personalities, like Mahatma Gandhi and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
"After these claims by Rahul Gandhi, it is time for the country to make an objective evaluation of the contributions of each individual to the freedom struggle," Dr Joshi said.
Since the Congress has no solution for the backwardness of UP, Rahul was trying to confuse people by talking about his family and its sacrifices, he added.
"It is a matter of history that Jawahar Lal Nehru was responsible for partition of the country notwithstanding the opposition of Mahatma Gandhi. It is time to find answers to questions like who created Bhindranwale, who did what in Sri Lanka and make an objective assessment of the contributions of Nehru-Gandhi family," he stressed.
Dr Joshi said it was also important to assess what good the Nehru-Gandhi family had done for Uttar Pradesh when the Congress was ruling the state.
Rahul, he said, was claiming credit for the break-up of Pakistan for his family whereas, in reality it was the internal developments in undivided Pakistan that led to the creation of Bangladesh and India only lent a helping hand at a later stage.
Turning to the political situation in UP, Dr Joshi said Kalyan Singh, the BJP's chief ministerial candidate, was the only person free of corruption charges, while UP Chief Minister Mulayam Singh and BSP leader Mayawati faced charges of amassing wealth disproportionate to their sources of income.
During the last four years, the Samajwadi Party regime led by Chief Minister Mulayam Singh made no honest attempts to eliminate poverty, unemployment and bring development. Whatever work was done was confined to Sefai, his home town, and Noida, said Dr Joshi.
He alleged that SP used vote-bank politics as a weapon to gain politically, even at the cost of hurting the state. The state cabinet had many people who harboured terrorist elements and the government had withdrawn cases against SIMI, a banned organisation in the country.
The prime minister, Dr Joshi said, was openly advocating first right over the country's resources for Muslims. The BJP wanted this first right to be given to the poor, irrespective of their religious background.