statesman news service
Kolkata, 1 October
The BJP national president Rajnath Singh today accused the Congress at the Centre of playing the communal card “once again” before the Lok Sabha poll through the Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde’s letter to the states asking them not to “wrongfully” detain innocent Muslim youths in the name of terror.
He told the media: “The Congress always indulges in communal politics at the time of election.”
Mr Singh demanded that the Prime Minister should ask the Union home minister to withdraw the letter as it goes against the spirit of the Constitution.
“Who is guilty and who is not will be decided by the court of law. It can’t be decided on the basis of caste, creed and religion,” Mr Singh said.
He alleged that it was because of the Congress communal harmony couldn’t be established satisfactorily in the country as “it always indulges in communal politics.”
He said the Congress was the only political party in the country which has adopted the British policy of divide and rule for its own gain. “After Independence, the Congress has adopted the policy of vote bank politics,” Mr Singh added.
“Congress is the biggest communal party in the country. Earlier, the Prime Minister had said Muslims had the first right on Indian resources. Now it&’s the turn of the Union home minister to write such a letter to all chief ministers,” the BJP chief said. “We are saying that no innocent youth should be harassed irrespective of caste, creed and religion,” Mr Singh said.
Hitting back at the Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Mr Singh said if she had any concern for the respect due the Prime Minister, she should ask Rahul Gandhi to resign as Congress vice-president or seek his apology in public for his statement on the ordinance on convicted Parliamentarians.
“I’m surprised to read a statement of Soniaji where she said that the BJP made fun of the Prime Minister, but the whole party is beside him (PM). I would request Soniaji that there should not be any attempt of face-saving by her party. The person who made fun of the PM is the vice-president of the Congress, not the BJP,” Mr Singh said.
The BJP president said his party was opposed to the ordinance meant to safeguard convicted Parliamentarians and legislators.
“Our leaders ~ Mr L K Advani, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Mrs Sushma Swaraj and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Mr Arun Jaitley had already met the President to express our party’s opposition to the ordinance. I would humbly request the President not to give his assent to the ordinance,” Mr Singh said.
Asked whether he had contacted Trinamul Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and sought her support in the coming LS poll, Mr Singh said neither the BJP was in touch with the Trinamul nor the Trinamul had contacted the BJP.