Patna: Under attack for pursuing personality-based politics by making Narendra Modi a fulcrum of its campaign for 2014 general elections, BJP today charged Congress with glorifying contributions of one family by launching a staggering 650 schemes in the name of Jawahar Lal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi.
“It has been the Congress that has glorified contributions of one family by giving it credit for every thing taking place in the country before and after the Independence,” former BJP President M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters here.
Giving an impression that no other leader other than one family did any good for the country, Congress launched 650 schemes in the name of three personalities - Jawahar Lal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, he said.
Naidu promised that the BJP-led NDA, in the event of being elected to power in 2014 general elections would review christening of all these 650 schemes in the name of members of one family.
“BJP will discuss all issues related to 650 schemes, including rationalization and christening of these schemes in the name of members of one family,” he said.
Rubbishing Congress charge that Modi has muzzled democratic functioning of the BJP by outsmarting all other top leaders to get himself declared as the prime ministerial nominee, Naidu said said the allegation was far from true as it was the party's decision to make the Gujarat chief minister its face for the general elections and the decision was taken in a democratic manner.
“The charge of pursuing personality-centric politics does not stick at us.....it has been the trade mark of the Congress,” he said recalling the late Congress leader D K Baruah's famous one liner in 1970s : “Indira is India and India is Indira.”