The Congress demanded a criminal investigation in the Babubhai Katara case which, it saw, as a true reflection of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s 'chaal, chehra and charitra' (face, nature and character).
"The case involves several serious offences like impersonation, forgery and an immigration racket," alleged spokesman Abhishek Singhvi. He drew a parallel with the Monica Bedi case where the former starlet is facing charges for using a forged passport.
Reacting to queries whether BJP MP Katara should be expelled from the Lok Sabha, Singhvi said that expulsion was just one aspect of the matter, the other involved the moral aspect and criminal offences. "This is the true face, nature and character of the BJP," Singhvi said, recalling that the saffron party had also released a controversial CD to communally polarise the atmosphere in Uttar Pradesh.
The spokesman used the occasion to hit out at the Samajwadi Party for failing to even take note of the CD. "There was hardly a whisper of protest by the SP," he said, accusing the BJP and SP of "cross-fertilisation".
While attacking the two parties, the Congress spared the Bahujan Samaj Party with which it might seek a post-poll tie-up if it secures enough numbers to play kingmaker in a hung assembly.
Singhvi alleged that the nail was being driven deeper in the SP’s political coffin with each phase of the election. "The SP’s last rites will be performed after the seven phases of the elections," he said, adding that the party’s political demise had begun when the regime fostered criminalisation and corruption and turned a blind eye to the Nithari killings.
Meanwhile, CWC member Devendra Dwivedi accused the BJP of 'lumpensing' political debate and displaying a 'pathological hatred' towards the Nehru family when it accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi for promoting the 'dynastic politics'.
It is 'heritage' and not dynastic politics, fumed Dwivedi, who took strong objection to the 'vituperative and abusive' language the BJP had used to attack the PM for linking UP’s future with Rahul.
He highlighted the contributions of the 'Nehru family' in laying the foundations of the Indian state and strengthening the secular order. "For the BJP to use the term dynasty for that heritage is to betray intellectual bankruptcy and do violence to history," he alleged.
Reacting to Rahul’s comments about the Gandhi family’s role in the division of Pakistan, Dwivedi said the MP was 'fully justified' in bringing the legacy of the Nehru family to the 'collective memory' of the people.