Taking dig at Congress president Sonia Gandhi for accusing the Centre of not observing “rajdharma”, while handling violence in northeast Delhi, the BJP on Friday (February 28) called upon Sonia Gandhi not to preach but to watch her own party’s “twists and turns.”
Addressing a press conference BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “Sonia Gandhi, please don’t preach us rajdharma; your record is full of twists and turns,” while adding that NPR was started by the Congress-led regime, he asked, “If Congress does something, it is good. But if we do the same thing, they provoke the people. What type of rajdharma is this?”
Referring to the Congress chief’s remarks of “fight to finish” at a rally in Ramlila Maidan last year, Prasad asked whether such remarks do not constitute provocation.
The Union minister alleged that the Congress could stoop to any level for “vote-bank” politics, adding that it should act responsibly for maintaining peace and harmony in country. He accused the Congress of changing its stand on granting citizenship to persecuted minorities in the neighbouring countries. “For Congress, the party and the family comes before the country,” he alleged.
The BJPs remarks came a day after the Congress leaders, led by Sonia Gandhi, met President Ram Nath Kovind and submitted a memorandum demanding the resignation of Union Home Minister Amit Shah for “abdication of duty” during the communal violence in northeast Delhi. She also reminded the Centre of its “rajdharma” to protect people of all faiths in the country.
Answering a query on allegations made against Amit Shah by Sonia he said, “Shah was very proactive from the very first day of the violence to stop it.”
When asked about the controversial remarks made by the BJP leaders like Kapil Mishra and Pravesh Verma, Prasad said, “The party doesn’t approve such statements.”