Venkaiah targets Cong over Rushdie
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Last Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2012, 20:46
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.

"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 Assembly elections.

"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.


First Published: Sunday, March 18, 2012, 20:46

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