“The Congress condemns all political violence, it is against our democratic norms, and we do not believe it has a place in our system,” said party spokesperson P C Chacko.
But he singled out Modi for having vitiated the atmosphere right from the day he has been named as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate.”
His entire campaign is negative, and is full of remarks that are aimed at denigrating all political leaders. By his utterances, he has been spreading hatred and suspicion, and we urge him to exercise restraint,” he added.
Chacko stressed that the BJP as a party cannot take on the Congress on policy and development issues, and has always been using communal polarization as a diversionary tactics.” They have been doing it for the past five general elections,” he said.
The views expressed by the Congress spokespersons were further strengthened by the party general secretary Digvijaya Singh who directly accused the BJP of being the beneficiary of the blasts.”One political party, which stands to benefit from the blasts, is BJP.” He said.
Even as it targeted the BJP, the Congress did spare the Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. “ If there are some security lapses, then these should be enquired into, but there should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that violence is not tolerable in our political system,” said Chacko.
The Congress also defended the union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde who has come under opposition attack for attending a Bollywood event after the blasts. “The main issue is not what the home minister was doing after the blasts.