The BJP wanted people to vote on the basis of performance of the government and not on emotional issues, a senior party leader said here on Tuesday.
Addressing reporters, BJP national vice president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe also said that voting on the basis of whipped up emotions did not augur well for the country.
“The party feels performance of the government should be the political discourse. We want people to start thinking and talking about government performance and not about any sentimental issue.
“It is not beneficial for the country if people vote on the basis of emotional issues and (vote) on the basis of performance of government,” he said.
Sahasrabuddhe’s statement came amid allegations by the Congress and other Opposition parties that the BJP was using martyrdom of soldiers killed in the Pulwama terror attack, and subsequent Balakot aerial strike to shape the poll narrative around populist nationalism.
Sahasrabuddhe termed Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s minimum income scheme promise as a classic example of the “maximum populism”.
“The Congress has already lost its credibility. The Congress government in Madhya Pradesh is implementing its loan waiver haphazardly, which is also incomplete,” the BJP leader said.
Gandhi on Monday assured to roll out a minimum income guarantee scheme under which Rs 72,000 will be paid annually to the poorest families, if the Congress is voted back to power after forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Meanwhile, the BJP leader further said the upcoming contest between the BJP and the Congress is between the politics of performance versus the politics of “paranoia”.