Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi hit out at BJP and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi saying they would send the principal opposition party away the way British were sent back.
Gandhi on Wednesday kickstarted the party's campaign in Maharashtra for the Lok Sabha polls by addressing a rally in Aurangabad. Taking a dig at Modi on his "Congress free India" slogan, Gandhi said Congress is an "ideology" and not just a party.
"Those who threatened to finish this ideology were shooed away by India. Congress sent British back. Congress will send the BJP away with love rather than hatred," Gandhi said.
The congress vice president challenged Modi about his knowledge on history and the Bhagwad Gita.
"BJP leaders call themselves Hindu but they havn't read the Gita. Had they read it, they would have understood our ideology, which is about love, respect and unity," Gandhi said.
Gandhi took on BJP for its "double standards" on corruption saying the opposition raise issue of corruption but fail to see their own leaders accused for the same.
"In Karnataka, their chief minister went to jail but BJP leaders still embraced him. In Gujrat three of their corrupt ministers are in the Cabinet, though BJP doesn't talk about them," Gandhi said while continuing his attack on Modi.
While addressing a rally in Banglore, Modi shared a dais with former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa who has been accused of corruption.
Accusing the BJP of stalling anti-graft bills, Gandhi said it was congress which brought Lokpal and Right to Information Act (RTI). "When I talked about the six bills which were against corruption, the BJP stalled them terming them as Rahul's bills. Those bills were actually of poor and common people."
The congress vice president said there is a basic difference between the ideologies of congress and BJP. He said the BJP wants to empower only one person while take away power from people. "Our ideology is that the country can be run by all the people and not one person. But BJP wants to concentrate power into one person."
Stressing that his party wants to open up the system, Gandhi said he wants to empower youth and women. "We want the system to open up. The BJP on the other hand wants to shut it."
He said the recent agreement signed by central government with Maharashtra has been done to create 13 lakh jobs. The state on Monday signed agreement with centre launching Delhi-Mumbai corridor project linking Aurangabad's Shendre-Bidkin industrial belt to facilitate manufacturing units.
Earlier, while interacting with the tribal students of Dhule district, Gandhi said, confidence rather than aggression can lead them to success. "I will stand with you so that nobody will suppress what you say."