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BJP goes ballistic in reply to Cong barbs

delhi Updated: Dec 20, 2010 00:29 IST
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The BJP on Sunday reacted sharply to Congress leaders' statements on "saffron fundamentalism" and corruption in Karnataka made at the party's plenary session in New Delhi.

Responding to Congress leader Digvijaya Singh's comments at the Sunday plenary comparing the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) to the Hitler-led Nazis, BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said if this was the Congress' stated position, it meant that "secularism for that party means just minority appeasement and hitting out at the majority community".

"Till yesterday, the Congress was trying to distance itself from the remarks of Digvijaya Singh on Karkare's death and the leaked Wikileaks cable on Rahul Gandhi's conversations with (US Ambassador) Timothy Roemer. But by giving a platform to Digvijaya at the plenary today, Congress has made such views its official line," Sitharaman told HT.

A Sangh functionary has alreday sent a legal notice to Singh two days back on his "Hindutva terror" remarks.

Sitharaman wondered why Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi stayed mum on his own Wikileaks remarks.

On Sonia Gandhi's charge that the no party apart from the Congress could remove people accused of corruption — the Congress chief

mentioned the BJP's failure to take action in Karnataka — BJP national president Nitin Gadkari said: "Instead of answering on UPA II's own failures and the mounting allegations of corruption, Sonia Gandhi has chosen to divert public attention."

Gadkari criticised Sonia's statement that the holding up of Parliament by the Opposition amounted to political blackmail.