BJP will destroy Indian ethos: Sonia Gandhi to nation
New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday night broadcast an appeal on various TV channels saying that the current Lok Sabha elections was a fight to protect "the very heart and soul of India" from those who want to divide the people of this country.
Without naming either Narendra Modi or the BJP in her telecast, Gandhi said, "We want unity. They want to impose uniformity. They say, 'Just believe in ME rpt ME'".
Observing that Love and Respect, Harmony and Brotherhood--in a word, Non-violence--are the very heart and soul of our motherland, Gandhi said, "It is this, the very heart and soul of India, that we are fighting to protect in this election, from those who seek to change it, and to divide us."
In the strongest-ever attack on BJP in the current campaign, Gandhi appealed to people to defeat "divisive and autocratic" forces which will "destroy" the Indian ethos.
The appeal for support to Congress saw Gandhi launch an all-out attack on BJP saying its vision is "clouded with hatred and falsehood" and its ideology is "divisive and autocratic".
"Their vision, clouded with hatred and falsehood, their ideology - divisive and autocratic, will drive us to the ruination of our 'Bharatiyata' and 'Hindustaniat'," she said.
Gandhi said, "We are fighting in this election for a future where power is not the preserve of a select few but exercised by the many."
"Today, our society stands at a crossroads. The Congress ideology and vision will continue to take us towards a healthy, free democracy, open to the life of change and transformation," Gandhi said in her appeal.
Congress is fighting one of its toughest battles after being in power for ten years that has brought in anti- incumbency, forcing the party to fight with its back to the wall.
Gandhi's appeal in the form of a short televised speech in multiple channels was made both in Hindi and English.
It was said to be telecast as an advertisement by the TV channels.
Sonia Has Given 'Farewell Speech': BJP
"All of a sudden Sonia Gandhi has come to the fore to take charge of the (election) campaign. She had thought that her son would do something. But when nothing happened. What could she do? The mother herself had to come to the fore, appear on TV to deliver advertised messages to the nation," Narendra Modi said addressing a rally in Bhagalpur.
BJP Spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said, "Sonia Gandhi's appeal on television yesterday was a farewell speech of an exhausted Congress. It was clear display of an effort to create a fear psychosis amongst the voters about the BJP and Sh Modi. It also connotes a shift of campaign leadership from Rahul Gandhi to Sonia Gandhi and a tacit admission that Rahul has not clicked."
He said, "It was full of hypocrisy. She talked about giving power to the people but has deprived the PM of his powers, which stands exposed by two recent books written by the former aides of the PM, Manmohan Singh."
Attacking the Congress President for accusing BJP of being divisive and communal, Javadekar said, the track record shows that the Congress is the "most communal and divisive party".
Modi also hit out at Sonia saying, "You must have seen this paid news. They have lots of money, they can buy TV (channels), they can buy time on TV and tell what they want to say."
Sonia Gandhi had last night appealed to people to defeat "divisive and autocratic" forces which will "destroy" the Indian ethos.
Modi said when Gandhi says her party respects democratic traditions, it is something that cannot be easily digested.
"In 2004, when your (Congress) government was formed, what was your first action? Without following any democratic practice or without consulting any Chief Minister, you removed governors. Is this a sample of you honouring democratic traditions?"
The Gujarat Chief Minister also accused the Congress of creating tensions between IB and CBI for its political objectives.