Sonia accuses BJP, Sena of ‘spreading hatred’

  • PTI, Kolhapur/Aurangabad
  • Updated: Oct 10, 2014 00:28 IST

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday mounted an assault on BJP, slamming it for “spreading hatred” in society, and was unsparing in her criticism of former ally NCP whose “only goal”, she said, was power.

Sonia, whose party together with NCP ruled Maharashtra for 15 years, wondered with whom the former partner will ally after the October 15 assembly polls.

“Till yesterday, they (NCP) were with us. I want to alert you. Tomorrow they may align with anyone. Their only goal is kursi (power),” she said, addressing a poll rally at Aurangabad, apparently refusing to buy NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s contention that his party will forge a partnership with only a secular entity.

The Congress president, who joined the poll campaign with just four days left for electioneering to end, also flayed BJP and Shiv Sena. Addressing a rally at Kolhapur, she said BJP and Shiv Sena might have parted ways but in reality they are one.

“Their aim is to spread hatred in society. Don’t get swayed by BJP, which changes masks. Opportunist parties like BJP and Shiv Sena can do anything for power. They may look separate but in reality they are one,” she said.

She said the Narendra Modi government was carrying forward schemes of the erstwhile UPA government despite BJP having ridiculed them earlier.

“They ridiculed schemes of Congress government but are going ahead with the same schemes,” she said.

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