The Congress on Thursday accused Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi of not taking Mahatma Gandhi's name even once during his meetings.
"Modi comes from the state of Gandhiji, but did not utter his name even once," All India Congress Committee general secretary B K Hariprasad alleged on Thursday.
Speaking at a function organised near the Gandhi Statue at Mohrabadi in Ranchi to mark the Mahatma's 66th death anniversary, Prasad recalled the Gujarat riots and hit back at Modi's continued appeal to the people to "free the country of Congress" during the latter's meetings.
"Even the British could not eliminate the Congress, leave aside Modi... People will free the nation from Modi," Prasad, who is the party's incharge for Jharkhand, said.
Urging people to "free the nation from Modi", he called upon party leaders and workers to unite and take along all sections of the people to accelerate the nation on the path of development.
"...the divisive politics of BJP can't keep the nation united," Prasad said.
Speaking on the occasion, Congress MP and former Union minister Subodh Kant Sahay claimed, "The country will not accept Modi as PM as it moves forward on the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi."
Image: Even the British could not eliminate the Congress, leave aside Modi, the Congress leader said.