Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said that his opposition to Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is not about an individual but the ideology he represents.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi greets supporters during an election rally for nominated party candidates for the Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling and Alipurduar constituencies at Siliguri. (HT Photo/Bikram Sashanker)
He was speaking at the press conference in New Delhi after the unveiling of Congress' election manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls.
"It is not about an individual, but he represents a ideology and that ideology is exclusionary ideology. It is the ideology that makes people fight with each other. And it will damage the country and every Congressman will fight to defeat that ideology."
When asked whether he agrees with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that BJP's candidate for the top post in the country will be a disaster for India, he said "PM is a wise man and on most issues, I bow to his wisdom and support him."
The Congress vice-president also challenged the perception that the BJP was most likely to win the Lok Sabha election and said "this balloon will explode".
He told the media here that the BJP's claims now were akin to the "India Shining" ad blitz it carried out ahead of the 2004 Lok Sabha battle that the BJP lost to the Congress.
"When it comes to perception, the 'India Shining' campaign was a brilliant campaign. Everyone including you was convinced that the BJP was winning..."
He said the problem with India Shining was that they didn't include the poor and dispossessed.
"The BJP has the ability to carry out India Shining campaigns... I am sure this balloon will explode."
Gandhi added that he had "a slight" understanding of the ground reality in Uttar Pradesh.
"This balloon is going to burst in UP 100%, not 90%."
He insisted that it was the Congress which had more allies in the country but the popular projection was different.
Rahul said BJP's ideology questions the principles underlying this country and that's why he has a problem with the saffron party.
"The India of BJP's dreams is where a few people run this country and a large number of people will question that idea."
The Congress vice-president said his party is going to put in a trillion dollars into infrastructure in next five years and "we include the poor too".
(With IANS inputs)
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