Vadodara, Dec 2 (UNI) BJP leader Sushma Swaraj today expressed confidence that the ruling party would retain power in the coming Gujarat elections with people's mandate on the ''pro-incumbency'' factor as the opposition Congress had run out of issues to even put up a semblance of a fight.
''The Congress party leaders are still looking for poll planks having realised that they can not fight on the anti-incumbency factor in view of the tremendous achievements of the Modi government,'' Ms Swaraj said.
Ms Swaraj, who arrived here today to campaign for the party candidates in Godhra, Nadiad and Ahmedabad constituencies, told a press conference that neither Hindutva nor the Ram Temple was ever an election issue for the BJP. Moreover, she said ''Gujarat is the river of Hindutva, not a laboratory of the BJP or the Sangh parivar.'' Taking strong exception to Congress president Sonia Gandhi's remarks yesterday against the Modi government at an election rally, where she reportedly termed it as ''peddlers of religion and death'', the BJP leader said those living in glass houses should not pelt stones at others.
''It is fault of Sonia Gandhi's speech writer, who seems to have lost his memory power,'' Ms Swaraj said and reminded the Congress about the 1984 riots in Delhi, which she described as ''mout ka naach'' (dance of death) that claimed 3000 lives of innocent Sikhs.
She also lambasted the Congress for the recent Assam violence, saying that the violence against Advivasis there had exposed the party as ''anti-adivasi.'' Rejecting Sonia's allegation that the Modi government was only serving the interest of a few ''crorepati'' industrialists and had no concern for women and others, she said all these allegations were baseless. Gujarat government had resolved the problem of ''Bijli, Sadak and Pani'', while the growth of industries had immensely benefitted the commonman, she claimed.