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Cong accuses BJP of double standards

Spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said that in 2003, when China had made a similar statement, the BJP had not considered it necessary to move a parliamentary resolution which it is now demanding, reports Saroj Nagi.

india Updated: Nov 25, 2006 01:46 IST
Saroj Nagi

The Congress accused the BJP of adopting "double standards, double speak and a discriminatory approach" when it was in power and as an Opposition party on China's statements laying claim on Arunachal Pradesh.

Spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said that in 2003, when China had made a similar statement, the BJP had not considered it necessary to move a parliamentary
resolution which it is now demanding.

He recalled that "within hours" of the Chinese Ambassador's controversial statement, Mukherjee had expressed the sense of the nation by emphasising that Arunachal is an integral part of India.

"The BJP did not deem it fit to do so in 2003," he said. Singhvi alleged that the saffron party once again acted "irresponsibly" and resorting to "political
gimmickry" as part of its deliberate plan to disrupt parliamentary proceedings. 

He accused the Opposition party of squandering time and national resources by
diverting attention to non-issues.

"We do not need a certificate of patriotism from a party which did not even participate in the freedom struggle," he said.