New Delhi: BJP on Friday slammed the government on the issue of cartoon of Dalit icon B R Ambedkar in school text books and accused Congress of "insulting" Gujjar, Jat, Sikh and Jain communities in text books.
"For the last two days, this government has been committing mistakes and apologising. It commits a mistake in the morning and apologises in the evening. Yesterday, the Leader of the House in Lok Sabha Pranab Mukherjee apologised and today Union Minister Kapil Sibal said sorry," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said.
He said BJP was "deeply hurt" that Ambedkar has been "insulted" in NCERT books.
"We strongly condemn the manner in which Ambedkar has been insulted. This is not a small offence. There are some offences which can never be forgiven. These textbooks have been taught for the last five years," Hussain said.
He said such insults by Congress was not new.
"Congress has also insulted communities like the Gujjars, Jats, Sikhs and Jains in the textbooks. Several such objectionable material was removed by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government," Hussain claimed.
BJP hoped such offences would not be repeated by this government.
Taking a dig at Sibal, Hussain said there have been several instances in the past when the minister had embarassed the Manmohan Singh government.
"Sibal should guard against becoming a national burden while trying to become a national asset," he said.
BJP also raked up the Aircel-Maxis issue and sought to
know how Home Minister P Chidambaram read out a letter of his son in the House when members can only make their own statements.
"The Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj had asked in the House under what rule Chidambaram read out his son`s letter. Here MPs are not getting an opportunity to speak in the House while Chidambaram is reading out his son`s letter," Hussain said.
He insisted this was an "unprecedented" event in the history of Indian Parliament.
"This is the first time in the last 60 years that an MP has read out the letter of his son. Is his son such a great person that he is being quoted in the Lok Sabha?" Hussain said, adding the letter was also tabled in the House.
Satirically, he sought to know whether the letter would be archived in Parliament.
Asked if the Aircel-Maxis issue has been put on the back-burner with the Opposition focussing on the cartoon controversy, Hussain said "Chidambaram is not going to escape from this. The issue is not closed. We will raise it again when the House meets."