New Delhi, Dec 8 (UNI) The RSS today attacked Congress President Sonia Gandhi for resorting to 'wildest possible vituperations' against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and his development plank to hide the UPA Government's poor record in checking price rise and terror attacks.
The RSS mouthpiece in its editorial, said Ms Gandhi had resorted to cheap tricks to make such baseless allegations and pretended that the exhumation of the 2002 riots ghosts would make up for a cohesive poll strategy.
In 1998, she called the BJP's prime ministerial candidate a 'liar' and the same invective was used for Mr Modi in connection to his claims to have brought in development to the tribal areas of the state, it said.
She also called him a 'peddler of bogus dreams' for promising prosperity to the people. As the campaign picked up, she spewed venom, accusing the entire party that Mr Modi leads in the state of being 'merchants of death'.
This is a new low that Congress strategists have taken in their fight to retrieve their brand of politics in Gujarat.
'' And the bleeding heart secularists and rights activists are cheering, as after all, Modi is their favourite whipping boy,'' the editorial said.
The editorial also took the Congress to task for repealing TADA and POTA to protect terrorists from the long arm of the law. It said the party, which failed to apprehend even a single terrorist in the eleven terror attacks on the country, was promising to prosecute Mr Modi if voted to power. '' How ridiculous, that Sonia is charging the Gujarat Government, which provided the most peaceful rule for the last five years, as 'merchants of death' ... when there was not an instance of a single terrorist attack,'' the paper said.
''A Government is mandated to protect the life and property of the people of the state and not terrorists, as the Congress believes, from across the border or their harbingers in India.
Even the death sentence of a terrorist found guilty in the Parliament attack case killing a dozen security personnel was a beneficiary of the Congress dilly dallying as his appeal was still pending,'' the RSS said.
The editorial also recalled the statement made by AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh speaking of 'Hindu terrorism', forgetting that over 5,600 Hindus had been killed in terror attacks. His co-partyman Abhishek Manu Singhvi had demanded that the Gujarat leaders be tried in international courts for human rights violations, the paper said quoting Mr Jaitley.
The Congress was wary of a prosperity plank and hence, with its old clitches and rough invectives, seemed to believe that it had a patent for political abuse, the paper remarked.