Congress must account for all post-Independence riots in India: Najma Heptullah

With the Congress creating an uproar in Parliament over the Communal Violence Bill, the BJP on Wednesday hit back at its president Sonia Gandhi for her remarks on "increase" in communal incidents in the country after it came to power, saying the charges were "baseless" and an outcome of the party`s "desperation".

By Ritesh K Srivastava | Last Updated: Aug 13, 2014, 15:33 PM IST

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New Delhi: In view of Congress president Sonia Gandhi`s blatant attack on the BJP government over rising communal violence in the country ever since it came to power at the Centre, the latter hit back on Wednesday saying all the charges levelled by the main opposition party were "baseless" and an outcome of its "desperation".

Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptullah accused the Congress of engineering riots in the country. She said, "Sonia Gandhi should look at her party`s record ever since independence. They should answer how many riots they have organised."

Heptulla further claimed that “there have been 1000 of riots under Congress rule, let them give an account of that then we will discuss other issues.”

The Congress is levelling completely baseless charges and we completely reject this. They (charges) are politically motivated," BJP leader and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar also told reporters outside Parliament House.
"In fact, the Congress is the most communal party and has a communal agenda of vote-bank politics. It has allied with All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) in Hyderabad and Muslim League (in Kerela)," he said.

The party was reacting to Sonia`s charge that there has been an "alarming increase" in number of communal incidents since it came to power and asked partymen to resist its "authoritarian and sectarian" tendencies.

Javadekar said the comments reflected the "desperation" of the Congress.

"People have whole-heartedly rejected the Congress. The comments are because its desperation is on the rise," the Minister said.

With PTI inputs