Senior BJP leader and Amritsar nominee Arun Jaitley on Tuesday defended the saffron party over inclusion of the Ram temple issue in its manifesto.
Talking to reporters, he said, “Today is Ram Navmi and even the people who had opposed the proposed temple were today seen paying obeisance in various temples. I praise their commitment.”
When asked if he is targeting someone specifically, the BJP leader said, “I have always said that language is something that allows you to be aggressive as well as dignified.”
CONDEMNS ATTACK ON KEJRIWAL
Meanwhile, Jaitley criticised the ‘attack’ on AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi and said, “I feel this is a very wrong trend that has emerged in Indian politics.”
“This is no way to show your anger. If you are unhappy with some leader, don’t vote for the person or stage a protest. But hitting someone is very unfortunate”, he added.
Expressing hope that rebel BJP leader Swaran Salaria will not contest as an Independent from Gurdaspur parliamentary constituency, Jaitley said the party leadership is in touch with Salaria and talks are on to pacify him.
Jaitley said, “Senior BJP leader Shanta Kumar and Punjab party chief Kamal Sharma are in regular touch with Salaria and we are hopeful that he will abide by the party’s decision (to nominate former Bolywood actor Vinod Khanna from Gurdapur)”.
Salaria, who was demanding the party ticket from Gurdaspur, was upset after the party decided to give ticket to Khanna.