Doing a balancing act on the issue of canecharging of students in Nawanshahr on Thursday, Bharatiya Janata Party has issued a note of caution to the administration to be "sympathetic" to demonstrators without condemning the incident.
State BJP chief Kamal Sharma, who was in town on Friday to review membership campaign, when asked whether his party condemned the recent use of force by police on agitating students and employees, he said he was not aware what provoked the police to go aggressive.
"I have no idea under which circumstances the police resorted to canecharge but I must say that the administration should deal sympathetically with the protesters," he said.
"In a democratic set up, every citizen has a right to peacefully protest but sometimes when law and order comes under threat, police have to take a strict stance," Sharma added.
Sharma said that there was no dispute between the Shiromani Akali Dal and BJP on the land acquisition bill as the former had supported it in the parliament. "SAD has certain reservations about which the chief minister (Parkash Singh Badal) has appraised Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Hopefully all misgivings will be cleared soon," he said.
Heaping praises on the National Democratic Alliance government, the state BJP chief said that in 11 months, it had brought down inflation, moulded security dynamics of the country, strengthened relations with several foreign countries and improved India's image.
"The government needs time to reverse the course of things after 10 years of Congress misrule," he asserted.
Sharma revealed that the party had enrolled 16 lakh members across the state since November last, which was short of the target of 21 lakh wanted by the national executive.