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Dreams shown by Congress now appear as nightmares to people: BJP

PTI  New Delhi, August 20, 2014
First Published: 20:52 IST(20/8/2014) | Last Updated: 20:55 IST(20/8/2014)

Hitting back at Congress president Sonia Gandhi over her "false dream" remarks, BJP on Wednesday said Congress has "befooled" the country by showing "unfulfilled dreams" which now appear as "nightmares" to the people.

"Sonia is attacking BJP but forgetting that it is the same Congress which has shown dreams to the people of the country that have remained unfulfilled and befooled them.

"The dreams shown by Congress now appear as nightmares to the people of India," said BJP Spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain.

The reaction was in response to Sonia's comments on Wednesday that BJP came to power by weaving "false dreams" and people got caught in their "trap".

BJP also attacked Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for attributing the blame for the party's Lok Sabha poll debacle to the defeat of its "ideology" instead of accepting responsibility himself.

It also hit out at the AK Antony Committee, which was set up to analyse the reasons behind the electoral drubbing, saying it was formulated only to "bail out" the Congress vice president.

Hussain said that Congress is now reacting in "panic" as it urges introspection on why the people did not give it enough seats for it to get the Lok Sabha Leader of Opposition's post.

He said it has become a habit with Congress to attack a government formed with the mandate of the people and lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for working day and night to fulfil the dreams of the people.

Hussain said only those see dreams who can fulfil them and expressed confidence that the dreams shown by the Prime Minister would be fulfilled.

Attacking Rahul, Hussain said he has not accepted the responsibility for Congress's poll debacle but cited the defeat of its ideology to save himself.

"The Antony Committee was formed only to bail Rahul out.

That committee also did not say that it was a defeat of (Congress) ideology. By saying it was the defeat of Congress ideology, Rahul has put the whole party in the dock," he said.

Meanwhile, targeting Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar for his jibe at Modi, Hussain said, "It is because of his statement that the Congress is today floating in the sea."

He said a poor man's son who used to sell tea is today the Prime Minister of the country and added that the people would give a fitting reply to Aiyar.

At a Mahila Congress event on Wednesday, Aiyar said that Modi would be forced to retreat to Gandhinagar and then could be driven "to the seashore" if the party managed to get the women in the country on its side.

Hussain said Congress was under pressure and had not learnt its lessons despite the poor showing in the polls.

"Congress must introspect as to why the people of the country have not thought it capable of getting the position of Leader of Opposition," Hussain said.

The reference was to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan's rejection of the party's demand for the post on the grounds that it had failed to win the requisite 10 per cent of the seats in the Lower House.

"Congress is saddled under pressure of defeat and is reacting in panic... It is worried. It is speaking not from the mind but with a broken heart. Congress is not in a position to show dreams anymore. Congress itself has turned into a nightmare for the people of the country," said Hussain.

Hussain, who hails from Bihar, also slammed the JD(U)-RJD alliance and sharing of stage by former Bihar chief ministers Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav, saying that the "jodi" would be rejected by the people.

BJP will win the bypolls to the 10 assembly seats in Bihar, said Hussain.

Attacking Nitish for "taking benefits" from the state on the basis of his status as a former chief minister, Hussain said, "The people of Bihar will have to suffer the burden of expenditure on the security for Nitish, who claims to have made the 'sacrifice' of his chief ministership."


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