"That was unfortunate...Congress and pseudo-secular
parties were selective in their approach," he told reporters.
Venkaiah was reacting to Rushdie's comment that his
presence at the Jaipur Literary Festival held in January was
blocked by "useless electoral calculations" and told Rahul
Gandhi that "it did not work".
Rushdie made the comment when he was speaking at the India
Today Conclave in New Delhi yesterday.
Venkaiah said the relationship between Congress and SP
came out in "open" after the recently concluded Uttar Pradesh
"Samajwadi Party is supporting Congress government at
Centre.....Both SP and Congress are working together...It is
'dosti' in Centre and 'kushti' in state (Uttar Pradesh)...And
now their relationship has come out in open," Venkaiah said.
He was reacting to the AICC general secretary Digvijay
Singh's statement that he had no objection to Mulayam Singh
Yadav-led party joining the UPA government.
Rahul Gandhi during campaigning for the Uttar Pradesh
polls had accused Samajwadi Party of failing to deliver when
it was the helm of state affairs.
Hyderabad: A day after controversial author
Salman Rushdie hit out at Congress and Rahul Gandhi, senior
BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said Congress was adopting a
"selective approach" in this regard.
First Published: Sunday, March 18, 2012, 20:46