Kanwal Bakshi, a senior Christian leader and former member of Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board, alleged on Monday that Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi's sayings and actions did not match, adding that the BJP leader used words like 'ekta and akhandata' (unity and integration) in his speeches even though the minority Muslim community in his state had not come out of fear after the Godhra riots.
Reacting sharply to Modi's speech at the 'sankalp' rally of the BJP at Madhopur in Pathankot on Sunday, Bakshi said, "The BJP could have a hidden agenda since it had projected a communal person as its prime ministerial candidate. It is a matter of great concern for all religious minority communities in the country."
He wondered how Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal could say that he was 'gheo and khichri' (ghee and rice-lentils dish) with people like modi since Badal belonged to the minority community and proclaimed himself a leader of the Sikhs. Bakshi further said that the Congress played a steller role in the struggle for Independence and how would Modi "mislead" the public by making false statements at the Madhopur rally. "It seems that both Modi and Badal are irritated by the word 'Congress' since their statements against the party were nothing but a bunch of lies," Bakshi remarked. He also accused Modi of trying to politicise the Uttrakhand tragedy, whereas the truth was that the rescue work had been taken up by the central and state agencies in the rains-ravaged areas of the hill state.
Reacting to Badal's statement that the Shiromani Akali Dal and the BJP would win all 13 Lok Sabha seats in 2014, the Congress leader said that Badal should not forget that he was talking of general election and not zila parishad or panchayat elections in which he could misuse civil and police machinery at will.