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Updated: 09-11-2018 23:17 IST

The war of words between

the BJP and the Congress has intensified ahead of the November

28 polling in Madhya Pradesh with both parties raising a range

of issues to attack each other.

While the Congress accused the BJP of raking up the

issues of Pakistan and Ram temple to ward off an impending

electoral defeat, the ruling party said the main opposition

outfit is feeling like a "fish out of water" since it lost

power in Madhya Pradesh 15 years ago.

Talking to reporters at Indore Friday, Congress

national spokesperson Shakeel Ahmad said the BJP starts taking

the name of Pakistan whenever it senses defeat in elections.

It also starts doing politics in the name of Lord Rama

when elections are just around the corner, he said.

Asked about the Congress' stand on the Ram temple

issue, he said, "This matter is being heard at the Supreme

Court. We will surely react if Prime Minister Narendra Modi

makes any statement about construction of a Ram temple in


The Congress leader said, "If the BJP government at

the Centre wants to build a Ram temple in Ayodhya then why it

is not brining an ordinance? This government is only trying to

deceive people in the name of Lord Rama."

Ahmad said India's key defence needs were ignored in

the controversial Rafale deal.

Meanwhile, Union Minister for Minority Affairs and BJP

leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi hit out at the Congress.

Talking to journalists at Mandsaur while accompanying

local BJP candidate Yashpal Singh Sisodiya for filing his

nomination papers, Naqvi said the Congress feels restless when

out of power and flutters like a "fish out of water".

Accusing the Congress of engaging in corruption and

running governments in a dictatorial manner, Naqvi said the

Rahul Gandhi-led party is spreading canards about Prime

Minister Narendra and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Taking potshots at Congress and opposition leaders,

Naqvi said there are two dozen candidates for the posts of

prime minister and Madhya Pradesh chief minister, but there is

no vacancy for these top positions.

Union minister and BJP leader Suresh Prabhu said the

Congress is running out of ideas in elections and hence it is

doing politics on the country's security.

He accompanied local BJP candidate Devendra Verma at

Khandwa in a rally to file his nomination papers.

Prabhu said Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has

given answers of all questions related to the Rafale fighter

jet deal.

There should be no politics on the issue of country's

defence and security, Prabhu said.

All the BJP candidates contesting from assembly seats

in Bhopal district reached the returning officer's office in a

rally to file their nomination papers.

These candidates offered prayers at a temple in

Bhopal's Somwara Chowk along with Chief Minister Chouhan

before taking out the rally.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)