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BJP running out of issues: Sonia

The Congress President said BJP is running out of issues, prompting it to indulge in personal attacks on her and her family members.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Solapur
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2004 01:36 PM IST

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday said BJP and its allies are running out of issues, prompting them to indulge in personal attacks on her and other members of her family.

Asserting that such attacks are immaterial, she told reporters at the airport here before leaving for Nagpur that BJP and its allies are running out of issues as a result of which they were compelled to attack her on a personal front.

"The more they do so, the more it helps us (Congress)," she said, adding though Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee keeps talking about maintaining a "level of decency" in poll campaign, BJP leaders do not seem to follow his advice.

On Vajpayee's reported statement at a rally yesterday where he talked about a debate on whether a foreigner could occupy a high office in the country, Gandhi said "it does not matter much, and more they do, the better for us".

Gandhi alleged that BJP was limiting itself to a particular issue without any concern on things affecting common people. "Is that (foreign origin) the only issue".

Pointing out that there is nothing new in such attacks by BJP, she said "BJP has been attacking and criticising Indiraji and later Rajivji (late Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi). But this could not distance people and reduce their love and affection for our family".

Gandhi also criticised BJP's 'Vision Document' saying people are aware that BJP has not come true on the vision presented by it in the last five years.

Gandhi later left for Vidarbha for the 'Sampark Abhiyan' in four Lok Sabha constituencies.

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