Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Maneka Gandhi on Thursday said that no one in the Nehru-Gandhi family can save the Congress party which has not only brought ruin on itself but also on the country.
Talking to Hindi news channel Aaj Tak TV, Maneka said the Congress party would have to initiate an urgent exercise to overhaul itself completely so that the people of can accept it once agian.
Maneka is the widow of the late Sanjay Gandhi, the younger son of former prime minister Indira Gandhi.
Referring to the huge electoral debacle Congress faced in the recent assembly elections, Maneka said that the ruling party has hit an all time low and she could not visualise it rising again even if it announces Rahul Gandhi's name as its prime ministerial candidate on Friday.
"The Congress party has been projecting Rahul for the last ten years. Has it made any difference to the party's political fortunes?" she asked.
She further said that whether the party spends Rs 500 crore or Rs 5,000 crore on building the image of Rahul, it would be too late and will have no effect.
"People don't want to see or hear about the Congress party. There is absolutely no doubt in anyone's mind that Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have been running the government from the outside. The people of India are not foolish. Everyone knows that Dr Manmohan Singh is the prime minister, but is he actually the prime minister or does he actually have the authority that goes with the office of a prime minister," said Maneka.
"Under the Congress party, India as a nation has been robbed and looted. Corruption is at its peak under the present regime. The Congress is responsible for its own ruin," she added.
When asked whether Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's glamour quotient would help in turning the party's fortunes around, Maneka Gandhi said: "I don't think so."
She also said that there can be no comparison between the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi.
"One is a tiger (Modi). The other is a bird (Rahul Gandhi)," said Maneka.
"Earlier, if a king touched something it would turn into gold. Now, there is nobody in Congress like that?" she said.
Taking on Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, the BJP MP said that the Aam Aadmi Party has fooled the people on the promise of water and electricity.