The BJP on Thursday returned fire to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi over the JNU row, saying he touched a new low by supporting the anti nationals. On a day Rahul met President Pranab Muherjee over the incident, the ruling party said he was politicising the issue to derail government’s developmental agenda ahead of Budget Session.
The minister of state for home, Kiren Rijiju also slammed the group of politicians defending the actions of anti-national elements and said nobody should be allowed to abuse the country. “These pseudo students and politicians should live with the soldiers in 16,000 feet altitude for one year or see the conditions of the widows of martyrs who gave their lives for such. Then they will understand what love for motherland means,” the minister said in a post on Facebook.
BJP secretary Shrikant Sharma said Rahul’s assertion that nationalism runs in his blood was meant to “defend” himself after his stand on the issue “sparked anger in the country”. Accusing the Congress of “crying over death of terrorists”, he said, “”One wonders what is there in the blood of Congress that makes it cry over the death of terrorists and coin terms like ‘Afzal Guruji’ and ‘Hafiz Sahab’.”
He rejected Rahul’s charge against the RSS and said the Congress leader keeps repeating what he had “rehearsed” and that his family has a history of “abusing” the Hindutva outfit to remain in power.
“RSS has only grown stronger with their attacks,” he said.