Anxious to ensure that his sadbhavna (harmony) fast in Surat began untainted by ill will, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asked BJP activists to remove all hoardings that were sarcastic about PM Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
The one-day fast is scheduled on December 18
Modi tweeted asking BJP leaders to remove the hoardings. “Read in papers about some inappropriate hoardings put up by BJP workers in Surat. In a democracy, we must avoid such acts and respect each other,” he said in his tweet.
The hoardings put up at various cross roads in diamond city, were political caricatures ridiculing the Prime Minister and Sonia and Rahul Gandhi on opening of retail sector for FDI.
One of the hoarding shows Rahul telling Sonia that “Mammy, Walmart fellow is my friend’s uncle. Please allow him to invest in India. Sonia is shown replying that, “Beta, I am instructing Monmohan uncle to allow FDI in retail, let small people of India be ruined by it….!”
Another hoarding showing Dr Monmohan Singh read as, “Manmohan, why are you silent? You are a Hindustani….!”
All the hoardings were put up by the BJP unit of Surat city ahead of chief minister’s Sadbhavna fast scheduled on December 18th.
“We have removed all the hoardings on Wednesday morning because contents were defamatory,” a police official said. However, when asked whether any action will be taken against those who put up the hoardings, he said it was unlikely.
Meanwhile, Congress party leaders have slammed the chief minister and BJP to ridicule and mock the Prime Minister and Congress party president. “All the hoardings were illegally put up on public places and yet the administration is not taking any action against BJP leaders. This shows BJP’s culture,” said Gujarat Congress vice president and former Surat MLA Dhiru Gajera.