STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 15 November
The BJP today charged the Congress party and its allies with deliberately belittling the standard of public discourse in the run-up to next year&’s general election and claimed this was being done to avoid meaningful debate on Congress omissions and commissions.
The BJP also challenged the Congress to name its PM candidate and clarify what issues the ruling party would want to raise for next year&’s general elections.
“What are the issues you want to take up before polls and who is your prime ministerial candidate?” the BJP said in a statement.
“These repeated attacks on Modi and BJP with objectionable remarks are a well-thought-out conspiracy and when we say it&’s a conspiracy, the BJP is saying so with all responsibility,” said party leader Mr Sudanshu Trivedi. “These are not mutually exclusive events. Only yesterday, a Congress leader made deplorable comments on our PM candidate Narendra Modi… this was compounded by other similar objectionable remarks by a Samajwadi leader,” he said. 
“During the Karnataka Assembly elections earlier, they used such remarks against Modi and BJP and …then a Congress spokesman even ridiculed Modi&’s security demand saying the government provides security even to Kasab (26/11 convict),” he said.
The BJP leader referred to controversial remarks by Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal that a person who used to sell tea (Modi) cannot have a national perspective and cannot become Prime Minister.
Another BJP leader, Mr Subramanian Swamy, questioned the Congress’ silence on the SP leader&’s comment. Mr Swamy said such an arrogant attitude of the Congress party reminds the nation of the feudal past of India. “Surprisingly, the remark has not been condemned yet by the Congress, which talks all the time of inclusive development,” he said.
 Mr Trivedi, meanwhile, added the BJP is clear about its electoral agenda and wants debates only on issues like price rise, misgovernance and corruption.