New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday accused the Congress of being 'communal' and added that twisting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's comments on Raksha Bandhan during his recent Mann ki Baat betrays the grand old party's credentials.

'The Prime Minister has been reaching out to the people of the country, addressing the nation on issues that concern the development of the country, the issues that concern the development and welfare of different sections of society. Yesterday also, he talked about social security, yoga, water harvesting, the girl child and he touched upon a large number of issues,' BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao told ANI.

'A desperate Congress party, which has reduced itself to addressing only press conferences and a desperate leadership which is most of the time holidaying abroad... We know that the Congress party is a communal party. It wants to indulge in vote bank politics. But to even twist his (Narendra Modi's) comments on Raksha Bandhan and to really see a communal angle in this only shows Congress party's utter communal credentials,' he added.

Rao further said that Prime Minister Modi's radio address is a platform where he wants to reach out to the common man and talk to them about the daily issues that concern their livelihood, and issues that concern the society.

Addressing the nation on All India Radio in the ninth edition of 'Mann Ki Baat', Prime Minister Modi while talking about 'raksha bandhan' urged everybody to enrol their sisters in social security schemes worth Rs. 12 or 330 as a gift.

"Raksha bandhan is upon us. The tradition is for men to give gifts to women they consider their sisters. This raksha bandhan, as a gift, let us enroll our sisters in social security schemes worth 12 rupees or 330 rupees," he said.