NEW DELHI

Congress to take glitter out of `India shining'

The AICC spokesman, Anand Sharma, addressing a Press conference at the State party headquarters in Bhopal on Thursday. At left is the MPCC president, Subhash Yadav. Photo: A.M. Faruqui  

BHOPAL, FEB. 26. During the campaign for the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress party will go all out to expose the Bharatiya Janata Party's "misinformation" campaign and accuse it of "wrongly" using huge public funds for the same. This was stated by the AICC spokesman, Anand Sharma, at a press conference here this afternoon.

Referring to the "India Shining'' campaign, Mr. Sharma said it is being carried on despite strong objection by the Election Commission. Never before in any democratic system has one witnessed "such blatant misuse of Government resources and public money" to serve the interests of the ruling party, he added.

Mr. Sharma said the blitzkrieg unleashed by the BJP-led Central Government and its subsidiary organisations is only intended to draw the people's attention away from the failures of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government. He also took a dig at the much hyped "feel good'' factor and said instead of creating one crore new jobs every year as promised by the Prime Minister, there is a negative employment growth.

He pointed out that the BJP had started by projecting itself as a party with a difference. "They kept talking of character, image, good governance and security but the fact remains that our security was never threatened before as it has been during the last five years when the BJP was at the helm of affairs at the Centre. The Parliament, Red Fort, Akshardham and many other important establishments have come under terrorist attack in the recent past and the irony is that there has been no improvement in internal security," he added.

Even on the corruption front, there has been one scam after another, Mr. Sharma said adding that it is unfortunate that the Prime Minister did not take any action against the politicians who had figured in the Tehalka scandal.

When asked for his comments on the former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh's younger brother and Congress MP, Laxman Singh, crossing over to the BJP, Mr. Anand said "opportunism in politics is not something new''.