Cong raking up secularism issue to hide its failures: BJP

Hyderabad, PTI | Updated : 18 June 2013, 03:59 PM

Congress party and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are talking about secularism only to cover up their failures in governance and corruption, senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu alleged on Tuesday.

 "Congress rakes up this debate to cover up its failures and corruption. This is a useless debate. People know who is secular and who is not. Those who made Muslim League apart of Union Cabinet, such Prime Minister does not have the right to talk about secularism," Naidu told reporters.

"Is Muslim League secular? Is MIM secular? Why Congress had an understanding with them? Why Congress and MIM are in power in Hyderabad corporation?" he asked.

Naidu was replying to a query about Prime Minister's remarks that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is secular. "He (Nitish Kumar) became secular after he parted ways with BJP? Was he not secular earlier?" Naidu said.

"People are not innocent. Talk about development, talk about growth rate, talk about bringing back black money. Prime Minister is not ready to talk about it, because of his own failures," he said.

Referring to Prime Minister's comments that people know what Narendra Modi stood for, Naidu said the Gujarat Chief Minister stood for dynamism, decisiveness and development, "qualities which are missing in UPA."

First Published: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 03:57 PM
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