Congress President Sonia Gandhi mounted an assault on BJP on Thursday, slamming it for “spreading hatred” in society, and was unsparing in her criticism of former ally NCP whose “only goal”, She said, was power.
Sonia, whose party together with NCP ruled Maharashtra for 15 years, wondered with whom the former partner will ally after the October 15 Assembly polls.
“Till yesterday, they (NCP) were with us. I want to alert you. Tomorrow they may align with anyone. Their only goal is kursi (power),” She said, addressing a poll rally at Aurangabad, apparently refusing to buy NCP Chief Sharad Pawar’s contention that his party will forge partnership with only a secular entity.
The Congress President, who joined the poll campaign with just four days left for electioneering to end, also flayed BJP and Shiv Sena.
“Today, BJP and Shiv Sena criticise each other. BJP promises to bring you the moon but forgets it after elections,” She said.
“Their aim is to spread hatred in society. Don’t get swayed by BJP, which changes masks. Opportunist parties like BJP and Shiv Sena can do anything for power. They may look separate but in reality they are one,” She said.
She also questioned the Modi government over its handling of escalating ceasefire violations by Pakistan which have resulted in civilian casualties notwithstanding the government’s claim that it was responding tit-for-tat to the shelling.
“They had spoken of giving a befitting reply to Pakistan. What happened?” She asked.
“They say those who didn’t do anything in 60 years are asking to them give an account of 60 days in office. I ask you, why you have apprehension in giving the account,” She said.
The Congress leader also slammed Modi for invoking Maratha king Shivaji at his election rallies.
“They invoke Shivaji Maharaj during election but when our government planned a grand statue of Shivaji in the Arabian Sea, they opposed it,” She said.