Jaitley demands apology for use of ‘neech’ word for Modi

  • HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times, Varanasi/New Delhi
  • Updated: May 07, 2014 00:03 IST

Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Tuesday demanded an apology from Priyanka Gandhi for her barb ‘neech rajniti’ (low-level politics) for Narendra Modi.

Jaitley also defended Modi’s close political aide Amit Shah for his controversial statement on Azamgarh as ‘terror nursery’.

Priyanka, who is campaigning in Amethi for brother Rahul Gandhi, had accused Modi for practicing ‘neech rajniti’. Jaitley reached Varanasi to campaign for Modi and to release party’s separate manifesto for the city.

“It is not only regrettable, but the person who used the word must seek apology from the nation,” Jaitley told newsmen, without taking Priyanka’s name. The phrase ‘neech rajniti’ could have many connotations which could be dangerous for the nation, he added.

Senior BJP leader also attacked the Congress and advised the party from refraining its inexperienced leaders from using ‘neech’ word.

Recently Amit Shah in a rally in Azamgarh, once again shot into controversy by referring Azamgarh as ‘terror nursery’.

Defending Amit Shah, Jaitley said: “Amit Shah’s statement is being misconstrued. Even security agencies agree that members of a particular community in Azamgarh act as sleeping modules for terrorist organisation. But it does not mean that every one of Azamgarh is a terrorist.”

Amit Shah said nothing wrong, Jaitley asserted again.

Jaitley also defended Modi saying his stance against infiltrators was justified and legitimate. In his blog, Jaitley also accused party rivals of encouraging polarisation and identified the issues of infiltration of Bangladeshis as “one such case”. Around 32 people were recently killed in the ethnic violence involving local Bodos and illegal immigrants from Bangladesh in Assam.

“A section of the Congress leadership in Assam had consciously followed the policy of encouraging infiltration since they wanted to offset the domination of the ethnic Assamese in Assam. Mass infiltration of Bangladeshis has changed the demographic character of Assam, West Bengal and some districts of Bihar,” Jaitley wrote.

Saying any patriotic Indian would be seriously concerned with this infiltration, Jaitley said such a situation was pressure on economic resources, on land and impacts national security.

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