Amit Shah, the president of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), lashed out at the Congress on Wednesday ahead of an election rally in poll-bound Rajasthan.

Addressing a press conference in Jaipur, Shah accused the Congress of fighting elections using appeasement card and trying to win votes on basis of religion.

“Congress has always fought elections on casteist, dynastic, and appeasement politics. We fight elections in Rajasthan on development, future and welfare of the poor. People have accepted our objectives,” Shah said.

He also targeted the Congress over Navjot Singh Sidhu’s hug to Pakistani army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

“Congress and Rahul Gandhi should clarify if Sidhu went to Pakistan on the directions of the Congress chief because the Punjab minister has clearly said that Gandhi is his captain,” Shah said.

Underlining the absence of a CM face in Congress, Shah mocked the grand old party saying that even district-level Congress leaders call themselves CM candidate.

“In any district, the Congress leader calls himself a CM candidate. Congress has not been able to even finalise its candidate. But people of this state know that Congress neither has Neeti (policy) nor Neta (leader),” he said.

Shah also lambasted the Congress of using abusive language against the PM Narendra Modi.

Expressing confidence in BJP’s victory in Rajasthan, Shah said that the state will progress under the leadership of PM Modi and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.

“I am confident that BJP will form government in the state with full majority. Rajasthan will progress fast under the leadership of Modi and Raje,” he said.

Shah later held a roadshow in Ajmer.

Both Congress and the BJP are contesting in an intense electoral battle in Rajasthan which goes to polls on 7 December. While the ruling BJP led by CM Raje in the state is looking to come back to power a second time, the Congress is banking on the anti-incumbency factor.