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.
given answers of all questions related to the Rafale fighter
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.
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