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BJP accuses Congress of being conservative

delhi Updated: Jan 30, 2009 04:28 IST

Condemning the statement of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot against pub culture, BJP on Wednesday accused the Congress of conservatism and of indulging in politics on such issues.

"On Wednesday we saw the Chief Minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot saying he will close down all pubs and is against pub culture. BJP would like an answer from the Congress on the issue and their stand as far as pubs are concerned. It reflects the conservatism of the Congress party. It should stop politics over this issue, apologise to BJP and make its stand clear," BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy told reporters.

The right-wing party, which has espoused the cause of Indian culture and tradition in the past, sought to club Gehlot's statement with the Ram Sena attack on women in a Mangalore pub on January 24.

Countering the Congress allegation that it had links with Ram Sena, BJP said it was the Congress, which was close to, this organisation as its leaders had shared the dais with Ram Sena chief Pramod Muthalik in Pune.

"The Congress party has always charged BJP of being conservative. And in a similar way it has charged the BJP of involvement with Ram Sena though BJP has condemned their actions. We would certainly like an answer about why Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit was sharing the stage with Ram

Sena Chief in a program in Pune at the invitation of Congress leader Suresh Kalmadi," Rudy said.