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Congress projecting Sonia as saint: BJP

BJP President Rajnath Singh sharply criticised the "tradition of psychophancy" in Congress.
None | By Press Trust of India, Guwahati
PUBLISHED ON MAR 27, 2006 05:13 PM IST

Sharply criticising the "tradition of psychophancy" in Congress, BJP on Monday said the ruling party is projecting its chief Sonia Gandhi as a "saint" who quit Lok Sabha membership "under compulsion".

"Sonia Gandhi had to resign under compulsion and it was not a sacrifice on her part. Congress is trying to project Sonia as St Sonia," BJP president Rajnath Singh told reporters in Guwahati.

"This is the height of sycophancy. This is an old tradition of the Congress," he said.

Singh was here to campaign for his party candidates for the coming Assembly polls in Assam.

Separately, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) general secretary and Rajya Sabha member K Ram Mohan Rao told reporters that Sonia had resigned because there was no other option.

"Notice would have come from the Election Commission and she would have lost her seat. She resigned to control the damage."

"Why did she wait for five days to resign after Jaya Bacchan. Congress now wants to encash on her resignation ... The people shouting in front of her house 10 Janpath in New Delhi were paid to do so by the Congress," charged Rao, here to campaign for opposition Asom Gana Parishad for the polls.

All non-Congress and non-BJP parties across the country want to be together to provide an alternative to the Congress at the Centre as it had lost its credibility and popularity and the common people are fed up with the party, he added.

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