Lashing out at BJP for its decision to launch a nationwide stir on Amarnath land issue, former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda alleged that it was "playing the communal card at grave cost to nation's unity and integrity" with an eye on votebank ahead of upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
BJP has been in the habit of raking up issues and keeping them on the backburner to serve its political ends, the JDS chief hit out at his former coalition partner at a press conference in Bangalore apparently referring to the Ayodhya issue, Sethusamudram project, Uniform Civil Code and abrogation of article 370 it has raised.
"BJP's rank opportunism and using Hindutva like a tissue paper and throw it thereafter became apparent when the party's Prime Ministerial candidate LK Advani tried to become secular by declaring Pakistan founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah as secular and making a mockery of the party's pet Akhand Bharat Theory," Gowda said.
It was high time the nation "calls the bluff of two political parties one of Hindutva and antoher of "soft Hindutva", Gowda, referring to Congress, said.
Gowda's JDS has shared power in Karnataka in a coalition arrangement with Congress in 2004 and later with BJP in 2006.