BJP attacks Cong on secularism issue

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 21:42

New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi`s "burkha" and "puppy" remarks notwithstanding, BJP on Tuesday said it wants good governance to be the poll issue and charged the Congress with diverting public attention from its failures by raking up the secularism issue to polarise the electorate.

"Congress is hiding behind the blanket of secularism and wants to clandestinely grab votes," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain told reporters here.

Asked if the use of the word blanket instead of burkha (veil) as done by Modi is a climbdown by the BJP, Hussain only said now use the term blanket.

However, Hussain batted for Modi and maintained that if the BJP has faced the brickbats since the 2002 Gujarat riots it should also get the applause for no riots taking place in the state since then.

"Today there is peace in Gujarat and our political opponents are disturbed by this," Hussain said.

The main opposition charged that 13,000 riots have taken place under Congress rule since independence and insisted that it has no moral right to talk about riots.

BJP said it does not believe in wooing a particular community to get votes.

"The vote of every voter is important for the BJP. We do not see voters from the eye of communalism, unlike those who are greedy for votes. We believe in harmony between all religions. It is in BJP`s ideology to be concerned about all creatures," Hussain said.

Drawing an analogy, the BJP leader said from an ant to a mountain, the party is concerned about the well being of all. He was quick to add that by ant he does not mean any minority community nor does mountain stand for the majority.


First Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 21:42

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