Lucknow: Terming the UPA government as a "failure" on all fronts during its nine year rule, BJP president Rajnath Singh on Thursday asked all opposition parties to make the country "Congress-free".
    
"Congress-led UPA has proved a failure on all fronts, be it economic issues, internal or external security or diplomatic strategies," Singh, who was flanked by BJP's UP in-charge Amit Shah, told reporters.
    
To divert the attention of people from its failure, Congress wants to start a debate on secularism versus communalism, he said.
    
Congress has failed to establish communal harmony: Rajnath

"Due to its appeasement and vote bank politics, the party in its long regime failed to establish communal harmony. Mahatma Gandhi knew the character of the party therefore immediately after independence, he talked about disbanding Congress, which was not followed," he said.
    
Singh claimed that the people of the country were paying the price of it and said, "I call all the opposition parties to make the country Congress-free."

Economic condition deteriorates when Congress comes in power: BJP chief
    
He alleged that after UPA came to power, country's economic condition deteriorated and fiscal and current account deficit has increased.
    
"The downslide that the rupee has witnessed against dollar has never happened since independence. It cannot be ruled out that those who have stashed their black money will try to withdraw it as early as possible," Singh said.
    
An inquiry should be conducted on how much money was withdrawn from the foreign banks and by whom, the BJP president said.
    
UPA government failed on internal, external security front: Rajnath

He accused the UPA government of failing to check the terror activities on the internal as well as the external security front.
    
"The morale of the terrorists is so high that on the eve of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi's visit they fired on Army troops killing eight jawans in Srinagar," he said.     

“Naxalism has emerged as a serious problem and 20 states were affected by it,” added Singh.
    
"There should at least be a comprehensive plan to tackle the problem. We don't want to do any politics on it and BJP wants to assure the government that whatever effective steps it takes, the party would support the move," he said.
    
The BJP president alleged Congress of using every given opportunity to do politics on issues.
    
‘Congress playing politics over Uttarakhand disaster’

Congress did not hesitate in playing politics during rescue operations in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand, he said, adding the party was responsible for the miseries of the common man.
    
"I want to appeal to the people that unless this country becomes Congress-free, development cannot be imagined," he said.
    
Rajnath defends Modi over 2002 riots

On questions regarding Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's role in 2002 riots, Singh said that such things are unfortunate wherever they happen.
    
"But before 2002, more than 3,000 incidents of communal tension took place, including 20 major riots of which 11 happened during Congress regime," he said. He said that in Gujarat all those found guilty were punished.
    
"Gujarat riots were not provoked by the CM, but who provoked 1984 anti-Sikh riots is known to all. Who said that when a big tree falls then earth shakes? Congress is spreading the disease of secularitis in the country," he alleged.
    
BJP president slams UPA’s foreign policies

Singh slammed UPA government's foreign policy saying it considers the same US as its strategic partner which is trying to open a dialogue with Taliban at Doha.
    
On the support of Bahujan Samaj Party and Samajwadi Party to the UPA government, he said "it was their compulsion" as the Congress was following the policy of divide and rule.
    
"BSP regime disappointed people of Uttar Pradesh and now the SP government has done the same. It is withdrawing terror cases and releasing people. The matter is subjudice and it should have waited for the judgement," he said.
    
On BJP's target in Uttar Pradesh for the next Lok Sabha elections, Singh said that the aim was to win over 40 seats.

(Agencies)

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