BJP’s posers on patriotism for Priyanka
Uttar Pradesh health minister and BJP spokesperson Sidharth Nath Singh on Wednesday questioned her party’s stance on patriotism, a day after Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra raised the issue at a public meeting in Gujarat on Tuesday.
She had called upon the voters to take right decision in the Lok Sabha election.
Singh said the BJP wanted to know from Priyanka whether calling terrorists with respect and asking for evidence of surgical strike on Pakistan an example of patriotism.
He also asked whether restraining the army from carrying out counter-attack on terrorist camps in Pakistan in 2008, supporting divisive forces and the corrupt amounted to patriotism.
Speaking at a press conference, Singh said the BJP supported Priyanka’s call for awareness among voters. “When voters are enlightened, only then will they vote for the right political party,” he said.
The BJP was clear that patriotism and nationalism could not be separated, he said, adding that the opposition was jittery and was questioning the attack on terror camps in Pakistan.
By contrast, BJP leader Atal Behari Vajpayee had supported Indira Gandhi during India- Pakistan war in 1971, he said.
The appointment of chairmen and members of various government organisations before announcement of the Lok Sabha election schedule was not violation of the model code of conduct, he said.
Lashing out at the BSP- SP alliance, Singh said if the BSP chief was opposing the Congress, she should field candidates in Amethi and Rae Bareli, the parliamentary constituencies of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.