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Intolerance row an artificial issue created by Congress, says Akbar

The BJP said that the Congress and Left’s accusation that the party is “intolerant and divides people on communal lines” is obscure.

india Updated: Apr 08, 2016 12:05 IST
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MJ Akbar said that the Congress and Left’s accusation that the party is “intolerant and divides people on communal lines” is obscure.(HT Photo)

The Bhartiya Janata Party said on Friday that the opposition Congress and Left’s accusation that the party is “intolerant and divides people on communal lines” is obscure.

Terming the allegation as “fog”, BJP said people people were clear about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “development message”.

“When the opposition has nothing substantive to say, its only option is to create a false climate. I will even call it a fog,” BJP spokesperson MJ Akbar said.

“Artificial” issues were being created by the Congress because the party had become barren, both in ideas and ammunition, Akbar said.

“I think, it is absolutely preposterous that a canard like this is repeated”.

“Unfortunately, Congress is being led or misled by petty politics... People are clear about the development message of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he said.

Akbar, who is in Thiruvananthapuram for a seminar, said the Prime Minister was focused, dedicated and sincere.

“He is working 18 hours a day for development and progress. Those who throw accusations never hear what he says on development,” he added.

Citing a recent survey carried in an English daily, he said it stated that 86% people were either “satisfied or very satisfied” with India’s economic development under the NDA government. About 62% said more jobs have been created.

Asked whether the PM’s development agenda would affect the current state assembly poll results, he said elections were fought on several issues and strong local matters. But there was no doubt that the Modi’s “overwhelming stature as a national leader, who has captured the imagination of the people, would reflect (in the poll outcome)”, he said.