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BJP falling short of issues, says Congress

Congress hit out at BJP for statements against Sonia Gandhi, saying that personal attacks showed the safrron party had run out of issues.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON APR 05, 2004 07:18 PM IST

Hitting out at the BJP for its statements against Sonia Gandhi, the Congress said on Monday that personal attacks by the saffron party showed that it had run out of issues.

"The BJP is left with no issues to take up before the masses and due to this the party is raking up Sonia's issue every now and then," Congress spokesperson Prabha Thakur told reporters in Chandigarh.

Expressing displeasure at Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi's recent "derogatory" utterances against Sonia, Thakur alleged that "the second rung leadership of the BJP was indulging in mud-slinging against their political opponents at the behest of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee."

BJP leaders like Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani and and Modi were indulging in "cheap political" comments despite Vajpayee's claim of maintaining political decency, she said.

"After the apex court verdit in Sonia's case political parties (BJP) should refrain from stooping so low," she added.

Demanding an apology from Modi for his remarks against Sonia, she said, "PM should direct Modi to tender a public apology for what he spoke against Sonia."

Taking a dig at Vajpayee's leadership, she said that his stand on several issues, including construction of Ram temple, Tehelka episode and women's reservation bill, had been waivering.

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