Stung by attack on Narendra Modi, BJP today hit back, saying the "helpless" Congress was using false propaganda to discredit its Prime Ministerial candidate even as it engages in Muslim appeasement for votes.
BJP President Rajnath Singh slammed the Congress, a day after Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi attacked Modi over his kind of politics.
Addressing the BJP National Council here, he lambasted the Congress for attacking Modi for unrelenting court cases and "lowly" remarks.
"Congress is getting defeated in legal battles as well... Feeling helpless against the BJP and its PM candidate, Congress has resorted to propaganda and legal tangles... Congress is always trying to attack Modi using different tactics," Singh said.
Claiming that Congress has launched a tirade against Modi on basis of "lies and misinformation", the BJP chief referred to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s recent remarks that Modi becoming PM would be "disastrous" for the country.
These remarks were "irresponsible and highly condemnable.. His comments were neither based on facts nor dignified for a person who holds a constitutional post," he said. Accusing Congress of indulging in false propaganda and vote bank politics, BJP said it has sought to discredit Modi through all means.
Turning to 2002 Gujarat riots, Singh termed these as "painful" and said the Modi government had taken stern and swift action against the rioters.
He said the SIT has given a clean chit to Modi in its report submitted to Supreme Court in 2011 itself and a few days back a court in Ahmedabad has dismissed all allegations against him, the BJP chief said.