The Congress Party today hit back at BJP President Rajnath Singh after he criticized the UPA Government's functioning and challenged the ruling party to announce its prime ministerial candidate, saying the saffron outfit has no respect for the Constitution and has announced Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's name for the top post under RSS directions.
Congress leader Rashid Alvi, while countering the BJP chief's remark, said the ruling party at the Centre has done a lot in last ten years.
"We have got passed bills like RTI, Right to Education, Right to Food which is very historical bill. And I am sure the people of this country will appreciate. Rajnath Singhji is the President of the Bharatiya Janata Party and they are in the habit to criticize us," said Alvi.
"In last five years, they are just criticizing our achievements. They are not allowing the Parliament to function and it is the basic character of the Bharatiya Janata Party," he added.
Alvi further said the entire nation is aware of the fact that the Congress Party takes a final call on its candidate for the Prime Minister or Chief Minister only after the elections.
"Everybody knows in this country that the Congress Party does not decide, does not announce not only the candidate for the prime ministership, but even for the chief ministership before the elections. This is the right of elected Members of Parliament; they will decide it in consultation with the high command of the Congress Party," said Alvi.
"So, the Bharatiya Janata Party does not have any respect for Constitution (and) that is the reason they have announced his (Modi's) name under the direction of the RSS. It is not the decision taken by BJP, it is the decision taken by RSS. The RSS has already directed them earlier and they have even disclosed it before the media that we have directed to the BJP to announce the name of Narendra Modi," he added.
Expressing confidence of his victory in the 2014 general elections, the BJP chief earlier this evening alleged that the Congress-led UPA II Government has failed on both economic and diplomatic front.
"Seeing the mood of the nation, the BJP will form the government in 2014. The government has failed on both economic and diplomatic front," he told media here.
Singh said there are no differences with party stalwart Lal Krishna Advani.
"There are no differences with Advaniji. He was and will remain active in the party," said Singh, while ruling out reports of Advani being upset over Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's anointment as the party's prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
"The RSS has never put pressure on us or intervened in our work. I don't know why such rumours do the rounds," he told media in Mumbai.
Singh also challenged the ruling Congress Party to declare its prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 elections.
Modi was yesterday named the BJP's prime ministerial candidate. The Modi-for-PM announcement came after a meeting of the BJP's parliamentary board here last evening.
The announcement was made by the BJP President after a meeting of the parliamentary board, which was skipped by party stalwart Lal Krishna Advani. (ANI)