"Isn't Modi and now BJP's slogan of Congress Mukt Bharat Fascist? All other non-BJP, non-communal political parties please respond," Singh said.

Singh's bid to reach out to ‘all non-BJP, non-communal parties’ comes at a time when there is a realization in both national parties that the next Lok Sabha election could ultimately be a game of alliances.

Addressing a rally in Hyderabad recently, Modi had invoked the legacy of NT Ramarao urging all non-Congress parties to come together with apparent specific signal to TDP to join the NDA bandwagon.

Former NDA ally JD-U dumped its 17 years-old-ally BJP in June this year and there are indications that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is soft on Congress and hence the party could be a possible UPA ally. Shiv Sena and Akali Dal remain a part of NDA.

The next Lok Sabha will also depend the way the regional parties like BJD, TDP, YSR Congress, JD-U, RJD, Trinamool Congress, SP and BSP behave.

The Congress general secretary, who is also AICC- in-charge for Andhra Pradesh, hit out at BJP for not talking about its earlier slogan of ‘Bhay, Bhook and Bharashtachar Mukt Bharat’.

"BJP's earlier slogan ‘Bhay, Bhook, Bharashtachar Mukt Bharat’; Modi's slogan Congress Mukt Bharat.Now in Modi's BJP, Bhay Mukt, Bhrashtachar Mukt Bharat no longer an issue. Would the BJP think tank or spokespersons respond," Singh said.

Modi for ‘Congress Mukt Bharat’

BJP has for last few months repeatedly given call to voters for a ‘Congress Mukt Bharat’ during his speech in Hyderabad, Modi had said, "Congress party is a burden on this nation. Today, I want to remember NTR when I come here. NTR did service not only to Andhra but the whole of India when he gave boost to anti-Congress politics. It was NTR's efforts that paved the way for formation of a non-Congress government at the Centre. I appeal to all political parties in Andhra Pradesh here, what can be a supreme tribute to NTR than providing a non-Congress government.”

Another party general secretary Shakeel Ahmed also took potshots at the BJP over its mission '272+' and Modi's reported claim that 25 percent Muslims in Gujarat had voted for him in the assembly elections.

"First it was 272 seats, then BJP says under Modi we will try to attract Muslims. Wondering whether it is campaign committee or comedy circus," Ahmed said.

"Even die-hard supporters of BJP are laughing their heads off over party's claim that it will get 272 seats in Lok Sabha elections,” Ahmed added.

According to BJP sources, in his address to party state unit presidents and election campaign committee members, Modi had claimed that he had got the support of 25 percent Muslims in Gujarat.

Congress leader Rashid Alvi had on Sunday laughed off the claim, saying, "This is false and baseless statement. Only two Muslim voters in the whole country may cast their votes in Narendra Modi's favour. One belongs to Bihar (Shahnawaz Hussain) and another to Allahabad (Mukhtar Naqvi).”


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