As Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination for Congress president polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a dig at Congress party, once again accusing it of being dynastic. He also dubbed Gandhi’s expected elevation to the post of Congress President as “Aurangzebi raj”.
Campaigning in poll-bound Gujarat, Modi first attacked Congress vice president obliquely referring to the issue of National Herald case, in which both Rahul Gandhi and his mother are facing court process.
“Congress has gone bankrupt, as it is going to make a person who is out on bail in corruption case its president,” the Prime Minister said in a rally at Valsad.
Taking further potshots, Modi referred to senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyer’s reported remarks in the press. The Prime Minister said, “Mani Shanker Aiyar who was a minister in Congress government said ‘did elections happen during Mughal rule? After Jahangir, Shahjahan came, was any election held? After Shahjahan it was understood that Aurangzeb would be the leader.’
“Does the Congress accept that it is a family party? We don’t want this Aurangzeb rule,” Modi said.
Rahul Gandhi this morning filed his nomination papers for the party’s chief post. If no other nomination is filed, Gandhi may be elevated to succeed his mother and incumbent party chief Sonia Gandhi today itself.
Other BJP leaders too criticised the internal poll-process of the Congress party terming it a “mockery of democratic traditions”.
“The farcical election process and the sycophancy of all family faithfuls in hailing this process is a sad commentary on the grand old party,” BJP spokesperson GVL Narsimha Rao said.
“It shows the Congress’s total disconnect with today’s India which values meritocracy and not imposition of dynasty,” he added.
(With inputs from PTI)