The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has expressed surprise over clarification being sought by the Congress from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Nanakshahi Samat 547 calendar, released on Saturday, which makes a mention of the date of the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and also reportedly eulogises the killers of the former Prime Minister.
Congress senior spokesman Anand Sharma had on Sunday asked the PM to clarify his stand on this issue as the The BJP is an alliance partner of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), which controls the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) that had prepared the calendar. He had also sought an answer on this from union home minister Rajnath Singh.
This calendar released on Saturday not only mentions the date of the assassination of Mrs Gandhi but also makes a mention of 'Operation Bluestar' and the deaths of former Damdami Taksal head Jarnail Singh Bhinderanwale. It also mentions the death of Beant Singh, one of the assassins of Mrs Gandhi, who was killed soon after he had pumped bullets into the former PM.
Reacting to the clarification being sought by the Congress, BJP national secretary Tarun Chugh said that instead of seeking a clarification from the Prime Minister, the Congress should put this question towards its own leaders, who were at the helm of affairs during the UPA-rule.
"This type of calendar of the SGPC has been in existence for the past decade or even more. The past calendars also made a mention of the former PM's assassination and of her assassins.
However, then the Congress sought no clarification from anyone and nor did it make any move to stop the circulation of this calendar," Chugh claimed.
He added the Congress did not move forward to ban the calendar when it was in power in Punjab from 2002--07. The party should have taken up this matter with its own (former) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh instead of making an issue of it now, he added.
TWO SIDES OF THE COIN
Congress says calendar eulogizes killers of Indira Gandhi.
BJP points out the calendar was in existence during the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime.