New Delhi: Taking a jibe at the Congress, the BJP said on Wednesday that submission of signed declarations of loyalty on stamp papers by the opposition party's legislators in West Bengal was a sign of "slavery".
"It's very unfortunate that to show their loyalty towards the Congress leadership, its legislators needed to sign on Rs.100 (non-judicial) stamp papers. This has happened for the first time in the country's history," Bharatiya Janata Party general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya told reporters here.
"This is not loyalty towards leadership but a sign of slavery," he added.
In an unprecedented move, all newly elected Congress legislators in West Bengal have given sworn written declarations that they will not leave the party.
Vijayvargiya, incharge of the BJP affairs in West Bengal, said there was panic in the Congress due to mistrust of its leadership.
The Congress emerged as the main opposition party in the recent assembly elections, bagging 44 seats in the 294-member house.