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BJP is 'original', why would 'clone' be preferred?: Jaitley on 'pro-Hindutva' politics

ANI  |  Surat (Gujarat) [India] 

Union Minister on Saturday said the (BJP) has always been a pro-Hindutva party, while taking a jibe at Vice President over the issue of his religion.

"The has always been seen as a pro-Hindutva party. So if an original is available, why one would prefer a clone?" Jaitley responded to a poser on Rahul Gandhi's temple visits during elections, in a press briefing.

In the run-up to the assembly elections in Gujarat, the two parties have left no stone unturned in bringing one another down. While the Party has been calling Prime Minister Modi a 'non-Hindu', the has often referred to as 'non-Hindu'.

Further slamming the Party, the senior leader said, "In 1990s, the reforms were taken under compulsion, but the under Prime Minister Modi is undertaking the reforms by conviction. While the BJP has maintained its credibility, Congress is slowly becoming extinct."

"The 10 years of governance before Prime Minister Modi ji's was the most corrupt we have ever seen. It was a leaderless government. It was said that the then prime minister was a prime minister in office, but not in power," he added.

Jaitley also stated the foreign investments had completely stopped at a point in India.

"Foreign Investments had completely stopped at a point in India. Today, we have come up by 42 positions in the world ranking of Ease of Doing Business," he said.

The two-phase elections will take place on December 9 and 14, while the results will be out on December 18.

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First Published: Sat, December 02 2017. 14:55 IST