Terming the Congress a "communal party", BJP president Rajnath Singh on Sunday claimed that the Congress had adopted the 'divide and rule policy' of the British during its regimes in the country.
Addressing the UT BJP workers on his first visit to Chandigarh after taking over as the BJP chief, Rajnath said there was just one instance of riots in Gujarat in 2002. "After that not even a single case has come to light. Not even a single Muslim has come forward and complained about Narendra Modi and his government. And the Congress ruled for most of the period after independent India but failed to develop harmony among different communities," the BJP chief claimed, adding that there had been hundreds of riot cases during the Congress rule.
Rajnath said many people were asking if the BJP was voted to power, how would they contain inflation and give more employment opportunities. "Our senior leaders are on the job. Very soon, the BJP vision document and manifesto would be brought before the public," he said.
In his half-an-hour speech, at the jam-packed Makhan Shah Lubana Bhawan in the city, the BJP leader time and again stressed on booth-level workers and termed that they were the ones who would get victory for the party in the 2014 elections. "We have done our bit. Now it's your turn," the BJP leader said about announcement of Modi as the prime ministerial candidate.
He targeted the Congress government at the Centre on food inflation and economic crisis and cited examples of various international agencies as to how the NDA government was praised for its development and people-friendly policies during the regime of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.
The BJP leader said the ruling Congress government blamed the opposition for policy paralysis and non-functioning of Parliament. "We are not cheerleaders in Parliament," he said making it clear that the party would take a tough posturing if required.
He said the BJP was not against globalisation but the country's autonomy should not be put on stake.
The BJP leader was presented with a booklet by the local unit chief, Chandigarh, Sanjay Tandon in which, the party has created a database of booth-level representatives of its city unit.
BJP leaders Ram Lal, Jagat Prakash Nadda, BJP party affairs in-charge Chandigarh, Aarti Mehra and local leaders, Satya Pal Jain and Harmohan Dhawan were also present in the meeting.