Former Congress MP Tejaswini Gowda, who recently joined the BJP, accused her former party of pursuing divisive politics that had no vision, direction or respect for democracy.
"If not, it would have treated all communities on equal terms and tried to bring Muslim minorities on equal footing with majority communities," she said.
Speaking to presspersons here on Monday, Tejaswini said the Congress party is engaged in minority appeasement, vote bank politics and populist methods of administration, even as the need of the hour for the country is integrity, empowerment of people and equality.
"It always neglected the dreams of common man, which has led to loss of leadership in the party. Only Indira Gandhi in the Congress understood the aspirations of common man. In the past ten years, the party could not give even one leader to the nation who could lift the party from politics and had a dream for common man," Tejaswini said.
Speaking to dna, Tejaswini said she did not join the BJP for contesting in the Lok Sabha elections and the triggering point of her exit from the Congress party was not the byelections for Bangalore rural constituency held in 2013, where she was not given a ticket to contest, while her political opponent DK Shivakumar's brother DK Suresh was preferred.
"I have reached a stage in my political career where I have begun to understand the higher tenets of public life. I have realised that minorities in this country are being leached upon by the Congress party for its own political future. As a critic of BJP and Sangh Parivar all through my career as a Congress politician, I had failed to accept the BJP's philosophy. But when I lifted myself above politics, I found India's future is in inclusive politics, where hearts, minds and souls of all people should come together. I saw this philosophy in Modi's leadership, and it did not take me much time to accept it," she added.