Ahmedabad, Dec 13 (UNI) After winning Assembly elections in in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, Bhartiya Janata Party's next step will be to capture power in Delhi, party president Rajnath Singh said here today.
Mr Singh was addressing a public meeting here at Vasad near Anand last evening while campaigning for BJP candidate from Sarasa constituency Jashvantsingh Solanki during the second phase of Assembly elections in the state.
Chiding the Congress for not projecting anyone as the chief ministerial candidate, he said, ''Congress' campaign is like a 'Barat' without a 'Dulha' (a marriage party without the bridegroom) whereas, BJP has a 'Dulha' in the form of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.'' Expressing respect for Gujaratis, Mr Singh said Mahatma Gandhi, who was born in Gujarat, compelled Britishers to leave India through his movement of non-violence, another Gujarati, Sardar Patel performed a very difficult task of uniting 542 royal states and great saint, Swami Dayanand Sarswati taught us the art of living happily and ethically.
''Congress is defaming Mr Modi by calling him a merchant of death, but the party itself is indulging in politics of vote bank,'' he added.
Referring to the Ram Sethu issue, Mr Singh quipped that while filing an affidavit on the Ram Sethu, the Congress forgot that Mahatma Gandhi, whose name it has been encashing on, used to sing ''Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram'' first thing in the morning and when he died his last words were ''He Ram!''. Congress has Gandhi's name but the believed in whatever Gandhiji did, he added.
Accusing UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi of not maintaining decorum in her speeches, he said Mr Modi never forgets to show due respect to Ms Gandhi and always addresses her as ''Soniaben''.