MUMBAI: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar extending his support to the Congress on Thursday said the reason why BJP has been engaged in slander against Rahul Gandhi is that they are afraid of him.
Pawar speaking in Chandrapur as part of a four-day tour of Vidarbha came down heavily against the BJP government over its decision to open the old files of the Bofors scandal. "The government is trying to tarnish Rajiv Gandhi's image by digging out old files once again even after the courts gave him a clean chit. The government is afraid of Rahul Gandhi and that is the reason why they are doing this," Pawar said while speaking at the New English School auditorium in Chandrapur.
"The government has forgotten the lesson of 1979: people don't support vendetta politics. Indira Gandhi was re-elected by the people just after she was put in jail by the then Janta government. Modi has forgotten this part of the history," Pawar said.
Pawar also came down heavily against the state government. While criticizing the state government's advertisement campaign flaunting the beneficiaries of its schemes including the crop loan waiver, Pawar said that the loan waiver was the token of government's respect towards the toiling farmers and it would be wrong for anyone to claim credit for it.