Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa on Friday accused the Narendra Modi government of ignoring the martyrdom day anniversary of former prime minister Indira Gandhi, saying she had sacrificed her life for the unity and integrity of the country.
“This betrays parochial, partisan and narrow-minded thinking of the ruling party leadership at the Centre as the Prime Minister represents the nation and not a particular party. It is just more than the moral duty to observe the days associated with such towering national personalities. We appreciate that this government has remembered Sardar Patel, but the legacy of such leaders should not be politicised nor appropriated for narrow vested interests. It was the same Sardar Patel, who as the union home minister had banned the fundamentalist RSS to which Modi belongs. Ignoring the anniversary of Mrs Gandhi just cannot be condoned as she symbolised unity and integrity of the country,” he said in a statement here.
Bajwa said the BJP had been associated with a sectarian approach but a vast and diverse country like India could not be governed with such prejudiced thinking.
He recalled that it was BJP leaders like Atal Behari Vajpayee who had eulogised her as Durga.