Sirsa (Haryana), April 6 IANS | 5 months ago

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Sunday hit out at the BJP over the delay in releasing its manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls and said the party was only blowing balloons into the air that will soon burst.


Addressing election rallies at Sirsa and Delhi, Gandhi compared the elaborate process followed by the Congress in finalising its manifesto to the inability of the Bharatiya Janata Party to release its manifesto.

"The BJP has not been able to even release its manifesto when the elections are going to start in two days. They still do not have a manifesto," Gandhi said addressing a rally in Sirsa.

The Congress has fielded sitting parliamentarian Ashok Tanwar from Sirsa.

Tanwar, a former chief of the Indian Youth Congress, has worked closely with Gandhi.

Gandhi said the Congress had taken the views of a cross-section of the society before finalising and releasing its manifesto.

"The BJP started with its 'India Shining' balloon in the 2004 election and it burst. Their balloon in the 2009 election also burst. Now they have filled air into the Gujarat model balloon. Even this will burst," Gandhi said.

He said other states did not need the Gujarat model being promoted by the BJP.

"Haryana is ahead of Gujarat in many aspects. Haryana does not need a Gujarat model. The Haryana model is the best," he said.

Claiming that the BJP's stand on corruption was hollow, Gandhi said the party can only talk about corruption whereas all its actions were promoting corruption in states where the party was in power.

"Wherever we see corruption, we take action. The BJP does nothing against corruption," he said.

Addressing a rally in the national capital, Gandhi made a veiled attack on BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi over delay in release of the manifesto.

"We held consultations with people from all sections for six months to finalise our manifesto. Where is the BJP manifesto? They feel there is no need to ask people. They do not need a manifesto because, according to them, one person (Modi) can think good and bad," Gandhi said.

The Congress leader also attacked the Aam Aadmi Party which won 28 seats in the Delhi polls last year, pushing the Congress to the third spot.

He said the Congress extended support to the AAP in forming the government as it felt the AAP had got the support of people. "But they fled the government," he said.

(Posted on 06-04-2014)