New Delhi, July 17: The Congress party on Monday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Central government of polarising the society by creating a divide between Hindus and Muslims ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. It also said that the lust for power has made Prime Minister Narendra Modi blind like Dhritarashtra. The party compared the BJP with another character of the epic, Duryodhan, and said, “power-hungry party (BJP) is disrobing social harmony and brotherhood”. Also Read - Give Concrete Solutions, Not Plain Speeches: Congress Slams PM Modi Over His Address to Nation

“Sensing defeat in 2019 general elections, Prime Minister Modi has become blind like Dhritarashtra due to his lust for power. By spreading hatred and pursuing divisive politics, he is aiming to win the election,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said. Also Read - Anticipating Backlash, BJP Turns Off 'Dislike' Button on YouTube Channel Amid PM Modi's Address to The Nation

“Modi government is trying to create a divide among Hindus and Muslims in order to polarise the society ahead of elections, which reflects the unhealthy mindset of its ministers and the Prime Minister. Divide and rule was then their principle, divide the society is now BJP’s principle,” he said. Also Read - Government Working to Ensure Every Citizen Gets COVID-19 Vaccine: PM Modi in Address to Nation

He further said that the sole aim of the party is to grab power. “But Modiji should understand that Godse’s ideology can never defeat Gandhi’s ideology. He asks about Congress’ religion. Our religion is Indianess. Congress has represented every citizen, every religion, caste, language, customs and region,” said Surjewala.

Congress’ statements have come after the BJP stepped up its attack on the party dubbing it the “worst communal party” and sought its clarification over the reported remarks of Rahul Gandhi that his party is for the Muslims.

With the BJP continuing its attack on Rahul Gandhi, historian S. Irfan Habib who had participated in the July 11 meeting denied that teh Congress president made any such remarks and said, “…he (Rahul) spoke about the poor sections of society, which have been the strength of the Congress all these years.”

With IANS inputs