BJP on Wednesday came out in defence of Janata Party President Subramanium Swamy, alleging that cases filed against him for his controversial article are due to the "Emergency mindset" of Congress and its vindictive attitude because of his "relentless pursuit" of 2G case.
Clarifying at the outset that the party did not agree with the views of Swamy, who had written a provocative article in a newspaper, BJP said in a democracy everybody should have the freedom of expression.
"BJP strongly condemns Congress politics of vindictiveness and its Emergency mindset. A sponsored campaign to file many civil suits against Subramaniam Swamy at various locations throughout the country is a case in point," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.
He claimed that the government's design seems to be to victimise and harass Swamy because of his "relentless pursuit" in the 2G spectrum case.
BJP maintained that it is due to Swamy's "fearless efforts" that the CBI probe is now being monitored by the Supreme Court which has also sought a personal affidavit from the Prime Minister on Swamy's application and reserved its order on culpability of Home Minister P Chidambaram.
"As the Congress cannot fight him legally, it is trying to harass him by such antics," Javadekar alleged.
The opposition party alleged that government is adopting different yardsticks for dealing with Swamy.
"The Congress-led government did not file and proceed against naked anti-national speeches delivered by author Arundhati Roy and separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Gilani in Delhi but chooses to follow up with the cases against every whistleblower," Javadekar said.