Kolkata: Launching a scathing attack on the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party president Nitin Gadkari accused the party to be the wholesome property of the Gandhi family, whereas the remaining members played the role of bonded labourers.

“The Congress has become a family business and there is no place for democracy in it. None of the Congress ministers or activists has nerve to question the decision of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi. Manmohan Singh, P Chidambaram and Pranab Mukherjee can become Prime Minister but they can never be appointed for important position of President in the party,” Gadkari said while addressing a rally here on Wednesday.

Condemning the role of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over 2G spectrum allocation scam, the BJP president said “Whenever he is asked about growing scams in the UPA regime, the PM simply refuse taking the question by saying he is unaware of it. In such a condition it is advisable that he must go on pilgrimage. ” He further said that Chidambaram must be punished for his alleged involvement in 2G scam.

Coming down heavily on the PM he said the common man has elected the economist with a hope that he will bring respite from inflation. But on the contrary the rate of inflation is escalating day-by-day, he added.

Speaking over the balckmoney issue, he alleged that the UPA government had refused to disclose the names of 700 Indians who had stashed blackmoney in several foreign banks. "We had urged the PM and the Finance Minister to make these names public but both refused to address our plea as they know that many Congress heavyweights will be exposed in the process," Gadkari said.

Gadkari also described Trinamool Congress as the silent partner of the corrupt UPA government. Terming West Bengal Chief Minister of playing double standards, he said

“Mamata is silent about Central government’s corruption and going soft on the corruption issues. I fail to understand that at a time when she actively raises voice against CPI (M) in Bengal, why does she fail to attack the Congress in Delhi over the similar issues.”

JPN/Bureau