BJP takes potshots at Rahul for his sleeper class journey

BJP took digs at Rahul Gandhi, saying Congress leaders were giving more significance to travelling in sleeper class in trains to gain publicity while leaving serious issues like Kashmir problem in the hands of interlocutors.

Updated: Oct 29, 2010, 22:19 PM IST

New Delhi: BJP today took digs at Rahul
Gandhi, saying Congress leaders were giving more significance
to travelling in sleeper class in trains to gain publicity
while leaving serious issues like Kashmir problem in the hands
of interlocutors who are acting as "musketeers".

"Small, trivial issues are being projected as principal
issues concerning the country like travelling in sleeper
class. Why are they silent on Kashmir where government
representatives are playing with the integrity and honour of
the nation?" BJP spokesperson Tarun Vijay said.

Gandhi had undertaken a 36-hour journey in sleeper
class of a train from Gorakhpur to Mumbai earlier this month.
This was revealed in reports only yesterday.

"Our netas have been travelling in second and third
Class only but they don`t make it news to show the nation that
they have obliged it by doing so for a day and how great they
have become by doing so. We (BJP) are all passengers of second
and sleeper class," Vijay said.

He alleged that the government was not doing anything
while its interlocutors were behaving like "musketeers".

"When the tricolour is being subjected to a strange
mockery by those so-called interlocutors who are behaving as
political musketeers in the Valley and are humiliating and
insulting the armed forces who are there to defend the
security and integrity of the motherland," he said.

The Rajya Sabha MP alleged that the government was
"playing with sentiments of the people of Kashmir".

"In Kashmir, a strange mockery of patriotism is being
made by Dileep Padgaonkar and Radha Kumar. Instead of dealing
with this, they (Congress) are engaging in the drama of
sleeper class travel... Travelling in sleeper class has become
more important than Kashmir," Vijay said.

-PTI