Union minister for human resource development Smriti Irani on Saturday launched an all-out attack on the Left parties and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi who she did not name.
Taking a dig at Gandhi, she described him as one who was about 50 years old but still preferred calling himself a youth leader.
Irani was speaking in the last session of the first day of the two-day national convention of the Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha in Vrindavan.
She reminded the gathering about party national president Amit Shah’s statement earlier in the day as to how anti- national activities were being promoted in the name of freedom of expression.
“We will aptly reply to those inclined in dividing the nation,” she said while alleging that a few political parties were supporting those praising ‘anti- nationals’ like Afzal Guru, Maqbool Butt and Yakoob Menon.
Targeting the Left parties, she said: “Let us go through the history of these political parties and find ghastly acts attributed to them.”
“Tapsi Malik was fighting to save the land of farmers in Singur (West Bengal) but she was raped and burnt. Her body was thrown in a field. This act was committed by workers of Left parties,” alleged Irani.
“Why were no tears shed when a Dalit girl was killed so brutally?” she asked.
Referring to the murder of a BJP leader in Kerala over 17 years ago, she said: “Jai Krishnan, the state vice president of the BJP, was a primary schoolteacher in Kerala. He was murdered in 1999 in a classroom in front of his students by those swearing by “Lal Salaam.’’
She also blamed the then Left Front government for the firing on farmers in Nandigram, West Bengal, in 2007.
She, however, urged the BJYM activists to remain calm when attacked by opponents and give a reply through democratic means.
Shifting the focus of her attack to Rahul Gandhi, Irani said: “He is a Member of Parliament for the last 10 years and has the blessings of his mother but has failed to carry out development work in his constituency,” she alleged.
“He makes tall claims about nationalism,” she added.
“We have no personal enmity with those making claims about nationalism. It, however, remains a reality that children of the CRPF and army personnel killed in action do not seek a political berth but instead vow to avenge the death of their family members by joining the forces,” she said.
Irani concluded her address by reciting couplets penned by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee: “Har nahin manoonga, raar nahin thanunga” (I’ll neither concede defeat nor nurse grudges).