"If there is any party which has been communal in last 50 years, it is Congress. They have been dividing people for votes," said BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman, following Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind leader Mehmood Madani's attack on the "secular parties".

"We treat all communities at par. Our agenda is development, which will reach all communities equally," she said.

Madani, in a veiled reference to BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, said that the secular parties should not seek votes "by showing fear of someone, on a negative plank".

Without naming any party, he said the secular parties should tell how many promises in their manifesto have been fulfilled.

(Agencies)

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