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Jaitley slams Left, Congress for backing ‘anti-national’ elements

india Updated: Mar 06, 2016 23:03 IST
Hemendra Chaturvedi
Hemendra Chaturvedi
Hindustan Times
Arun Jaitley

Union finance minister Arun Jaitley lauched a scathing attack on Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi.(PTI Photo)

Union finance minister Arun Jaitley lashed out at Left parties on Sunday, accusing them of opposing Mahatma Gandhi and his freedom movement.

Addressing a gathering at the closing session of the two-day national convention of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) at Vrindavan, he also targeted Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for visiting JNU to express solidarity with those involved in anti-national activities.

“We have to look at the last 100 years of ideological agitation in the country. There were personalities from different parties but they agreed on principles and stood united for the welfare of the nation. However, those with communist ideology opposed the freedom movement and were against the Quit India Movement initiated by Mahatma Gandhi,” said Jaitley.

He said the Left parties did not have faith in democracy as they believed in dividing the nation through violence. Jaitley recalled that Dr BR Ambedkar, while presenting the format of the Constitution on November 25, said though the country has got political freedom, it was yet to achieve social and economic freedom.

“Dr Ambedkar too had raised apprehensions that communists will not agree with this as they were inclined to resorting to violence to uproot democracy,” he said.

The finance minister said when China attacked India, the Left parties blamed India for the situation.

“Barring Emergency, the Congress used to stand against the Left parties, but in today’s scenario, strange situations are developing and the Congress is backing anti- national elements,” he said.

Jaitley alleged that small groups of ‘Jehadis’ and ‘Maoists’ were involved in raising anti-India slogans. “Unfortunately, a leader from the Congress (referring to Rahul Gandhi) went there to sympathise with those organising an anti-national meet. This would not have been done by Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajeev Gandhi. This reflects that the Congress is facing ideological bankruptcy,” said Jaitley.

Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said Rahul should be ashamed of standing with those dividing the nation. “The BJP will not tolerate this and expose people indulging in anti-national activities,” he said. Taking a dig at the Congress, Chouhan said not only masses, but even Congressmen are chanting Modi’s name.