Cong only knows how to ‘grab headlines’: Sushma

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February, 2012

Taking potshots at Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi's act of tearing up a poll manifesto, BJP leader Sushma Swaraj Thursday said the party just wants to "grab headlines" through such acts. Likening Congress campaign with Bollywood films, Swaraj said the "script" of the party was "very poor" and with such acts, they (Congress) will "grab space only at front pages of newspapers and not in the hearts of voters".

February, 2012

Taking potshots at Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi's act of tearing up a poll manifesto, BJP leader Sushma Swaraj Thursday said the party just wants to "grab headlines" through such acts. Likening Congress campaign with Bollywood films, Swaraj said the "script" of the party was "very poor" and with such acts, they (Congress) will "grab space only at front pages of newspapers and not in the hearts of voters".

The Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha was addressing a poll rally.  "It appears that the Congress has hired a company which gives it advice as to how to grab the media limelight. And it is this company's advice which makes Rahul tear papers and Priyanka pinch her mother Sonia Gandhi's cheek," she remarked. Swaraj further said such acts can attract limelight and add to the drama quotient, but these actions would have hardly any impact on the electorate.

Claiming that there was an "under-current" in favour of BJP, Swaraj accused Congress of ignoring issues related to common man and said the party was clueless over some serious questions raised by her party over issues like FDI, inflation and religion-based reservation. On Congress leader Salman Khurshid's regret over Muslim quota remarks, the BJP leader said such apologies do not matter and if action was taken against him, such an act would not have been repeated by Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma.

Commenting on the increase in poll percentage in the Uttar Pradesh elections, Swaraj claimed the increased number of voters are those who are turning towards the BJP. She also asked her party leaders to exercise constraint while campaigning.