BJP senior leader M. Venkaiah Naidu charged the Congress party leaders with launching a misinformation campaign against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi whose ‘rising popularity’ all over the country became a point of constant concern for them. Addressing a press conference at the BJP office here on Thursday, Mr. Naidu described the prevailing public mood in the country as one that was strongly in favour of Modi’s leadership and his ability to usher in development and economic stability like in Gujarat. “The rivals, mainly the Congress and the Left parties, are trying to create suspicions and doubts in the minds of people. But it is clear that BJP has fair chances of winning 2014 elections,” he added.
Drawing attention to a cartoon published in a Tamil daily recently, Mr. Venkaiah Naidu said that it was a true commentary on how AICC president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were solely concerned with attacking Modi’s image. The cartoon’s comment, which said that the Congress leaders seemed not to rest till they made Modi the Prime Minister, aptly captured the prevailing mood, the BJP leader said. Mr. Naidu took strong objection to Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed’s statement that the terror outfit, Indian Mujahideen, was formed after the Gujarat riots. It indicated the totally flawed policy of the Congress party, which had a soft line on terrorist organisations, said the BJP leader. He termed it as another ploy to divert the attention from the burning problems.