On a day new Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in his maiden speech made a vitriolic charge against BJP accusing it of setting the nation on 'fire', the saffron party described country's oldest party as one sustaining "corrupt thought process"
"It was an irony that the (special CBI) court sentenced former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda to jail the same day when the Congress got a new president," BJP spokesman Sambit Patra told reporters here.
"This jail sentence is not only for Madhu Koda but also for the Congress, which had supported him," he said in reference to the court verdict on coal block allocation scam that had surfaced during UPA regime.
Patra said the verdict against Mr Koda ordering him three-year imprisonment in a corruption case that surfaced during Congress-ruled UPA regime - speaks volume about the "corrupt thought process" of the Congress.
".....a new president or an old president, the working style of Congress, the corrupt ways of Congress party still remain the same," he said.
" Koda was an Independent legislator and had become the Chief Minister with the support of Congress and therefore the sentence pronounced was for a corruption case which took place during the regime of the UPA," he said.
The BJP launched sharp attack on the Congress within hours Gandhi -- along with his mother and outgoing Congress president Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh attacked the ruling dispensation.
"Congress took India to 21st century, but the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) is taking us back to medieval times," Gandhi said. He also lashed out at the BJP for what he said was trying to spread the politics of 'hatred' and said, "BJP aag lagati hai, hum bujathae hain (BJP stokes fire, we douse it)".
Dr Manmohan Singh said the country was passing through "disturbing trend" and "politics of fear" prevailed in the country while in her speech Sonia Gandhi said, "We are all witness to the daily assault on the fundamental values and assault on freedom of speech and expression".
BJP leaders have said earlier that Koda was an Independent legislator and he was "propped" as the Chief Minister only at the instance of a section of Congress leaders at the Centre.
The CAG report in around 2010 had said the faulty allocation of coal blocks during UPA regime had cost the country a loss of Rs 1.86 lakh crore.