Sidelined BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha on Saturday congratulated Rahul Gandhi on becoming the new Congress president and expressed hope that India's oldest political party will usher in a new era under the latter's leadership.
"The Congress took India to the 21st Century, but the PM, today, is taking us back to the medieval times".
Hitting out at Modi, Gandhi said that the prime minister believed that his was the voice of reason whereas even expertise, experience and knowledge could be cast aside for personal glory.More news: The Financial Advisors Network Inc. Decreases Position in Edison International (NYSE:EIX)
"Today, the BJP is trying to spread fire and violence in the entire country and only one power can stop this". Once fire breaks out it is hard to douse it. That is what we are telling the people of BJP, that if you set the nation on fire it will be hard to control. "You all are mine", he told them. We are going to make Congress, grand old and young party.
"We will work together to create an India of love and brotherhood". "They want an India free of Congress, they want to erase us but the Congress' inclusion and respect for all Indians extends even to the BJP".
Karat was leader of the CPI-M when the Left Front, an alliance of socialist groups, withdrew support from the Congress-led government in 2008 in protest at a nuclear deal with the U.S.it said tied New Delhi into support for US foreign policy.More news: Edmonton Oilers activate defenceman Adam Larsson off injured reserve
"Politics belongs to the people, but today politics is not being used for people".
In India, he says, two ideas have historically clashed - the "idea of the self versus the idea of the other".
Amidst celebration and loud cheers, Rahul Gandhi formally took charge as the Congress president at a function where he was handed over the certificate of victory. We will never retreat from this fight."Referring to the time she took over as Congress President in 1998, she said the party had only three Governments and was far from a Government at the Centre".More news: Banco Santander Chile (NYSE:BSAC) Stock Rating Lowered by Citigroup
About the BJP's attack on Rahul, Sonia said, "Rahul is my son, it's not right for me to praise him".