Cong’s working style, corrupt ways remain same: BJP on Rahul’s elevation


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The BJP today dubbed the Congress as a "corrupt thought process" as it shrugged off Rahul Gandhi’s elevation as its president, saying its working style and "corrupt ways" remained the same.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra launched a sharp attack on the Congress after Gandhi attacked the ruling party soon after replacing her mother Sonia Gandhi as its president.

Patra cited the sentencing of former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda, who was supported by the Congress, in a corruption case to hit out at the party, claiming it would remain corrupt despite the change in leadership.

He said it was an irony that despite the Congress not being in power for four years, corruption cases were still tumbling out and people jailed for the corruption they did when it was in power.

"This speaks volumes about the thought process, the working nature of Congress party. So a new president or an old president, the working style of Congress party, the corrupt ways of Congress party still remain the same," he told reporters.

He said when the Congress talks about a change in leadership, the country is seeing how during its 10-year rule, corruption of ten to fourteen lakh crore rupees took place under their very nose.

"Congress is not an ancient thought process as claimed by a few, rather Congress is a corrupt thought process and that has been proved by the judicial process today," Patra added.

After assuming the leadership of the party, Rahul Gandhi accused the BJP of spreading hatred and alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was taking India back to medieval times.

"The BJP is spreading hatred and communalism... they break, while we unite. They ignite fire, we douse it," Gandhi said.

Asked about the ’Aag laga ke’ (ignite fire) comment, Patra said this is "not a decent way" to react.

"Elections are won not because of riots on streets, not because ’sadak pe aag laga ke’. Elections are won because the mantra of reform, transform and perform works in the country under the able leadership of Narendra Modi," he said.

He went on to add that elections are won as people compare how during the UPA days, the direct benefit transfer (DBT) was not there and the money could not reach the pockets of poor man.

"Today because of DBT, what the poor man deserves, reaches his pocket. Elections are won by giving LPG cylinders to the last man standing in the queue, when electricity reaches every village.

"So my simple request is we should not demean the basic nature of democracy in the country. Democracy is vibrant in the country because development is taking place as never before," he added.

Patra said that today is an important day as Madhu Koda, who was the chief minister of Jharkhand with the support of Congress party, has been sentenced to three years in jail because of his involvement in the coal scam.

"We all know that Madhu Koda was an Independent MLA, but because of the fact that the government was formed with the outside support of the Congress party, the government then was almost a Congress government run by 10 Janpath, 24 Akbar Road by the help of Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Ahmed Patel," he said.


Rahulraj begins in Congress

In a major power shift, Rahul Gandhi on Saturday took charge as Congress president from his mother Sonia Gandhi amid celebrations and cheering by scores of party workers.

The 47-year-old was handed over the certificate of his election as Congress president at a grand ceremony on the AICC lawns, in the presence of party leaders from all generations.

The handing over of the certificate by Mullapally Ramachandran, the chairman of the Central Election Authority of the Congress, brought the curtains down on the 19-year tenure of Sonia Gandhi, which saw the Congress emerge from virtual obscurity to go on to dizzying heights.

Rahul is the sixth member of the Nehru-Gandhi family to become the Congress president.

Chief ministers from the Congress-ruled states, Working Committee members, veteran leaders such as Motilal Vora, Mohsina Kidwai, Oscar Fernandes, MPs, MLAs and hundreds of party workers gathered at the party headquarters to greet the new leader.

As he took charge, Rahul declared an all-out war on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP and vowed to bring people back to the Congress.

"The Congress took India into the 21st century, while the prime minister today is taking us backwards, to a medieval past where people are butchered because of who they are, beaten for what they believe and killed for what they eat," he said at the function, which was also attended by his sister Priyanka Vadra.

Rahul described himself as an "idealist" who was anguished to see politics being used "not to serve people but to crush them".

"We, in the Congress, will never back down and away from our promise to our country and our beloved people. Our commitment to India’s past, its present and its future will stand today and evermore," Rahul said.

In her farewell address, Sonia described Rahul as a "brave and stout-hearted man", who had borne the experience of violence and confronted savage personal attacks ever since he entered politics.

"I am confident that with a new and young leadership, our party will be reinvigorated and bring about the changes we need. You have chosen Rahul as your leader… I am proud of his endurance and firmness and I am confident he will lead the party with a pure heart, patience and devotion," Sonia said.

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh said Rahul was taking over as Congress President at a time when "certain disturbing trends" were noticeable in politics.

"Rahulji, we depend upon you to ensure that the politics of fear does not prevail over the politics of hope," Singh said.

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