Attacking “glorification” of only “one family” by the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday said that if voted to power the party would review christening of more than “600 schemes” in the names of three generations of the Gandhi dynasty.
“It has been the Congress that has glorified contributions of one family by giving it credit for everything taking place in the country before and after Independence,” former BJP president M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters here.
Giving an impression that no other leader other than one family did any good for the country, Congress launched 650 schemes in the name of three personalities — Jawahar Lal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, he claimed.
Naidu promised that the BJP-led NDA, in the event of being elected to power in the 2014 general elections, would review christening of all these 650 schemes in the name of members of one family.
“BJP will discuss all issues related to 650 schemes, including rationalisation and christening of these schemes in the name of members of one family,” he said. Rubbishing the Congress charge that Narendra Modi has muzzled democratic functioning of the BJP by outsmarting all other top leaders to get himself declared as the Prime Ministerial nominee, Naidu said the allegation was far from true as it was the party’s decision to make the Gujarat chief minister its face for the general elections and the decision was taken in a democratic manner.
“The charge of pursuing personality-centric politics does not stick to us... it has been the trademark of the Congress,” he said, recalling the late Congress leader DK Baruah’s famous one liner in 1970s : “Indira is India and India is Indira.”