BJP action against spokespeople’s ‘mock damage control attempt’: Congress
Remarks by BJP spokespersons drew international attention, with Qatar’s foreign ministry summoning Indian ambassador Deepak Mittal and issuing an official memo on ‘total rejection and condemnation’ of a leader’s controversial remarks of the BJP against the Prophet Muhammad”.
“The ambassador indicated that the tweets in no way reflect the views of the Indian government. They are the views of fringe elements,” a spokesperson for the Indian embassy in Qatar said.
Reacting to the statement, Ramesh tweeted: “The BJP has suspended two spokespersons after protests from the government of Qatar. It’s what Americans call a good cop-bad cop routine. seem moderate. MEA calling BJP spokespersons ‘fringe elements’ is a joke!”
The head of the Congress social media department, Rohan Gupta, also tweeted, “Now the Indian government is calling BJP spokespersons fringe elements!”
Another Congress leader, Shashi Tharoor, said this fire needed to be put out as it was now also gripping the NRIs.
‘The way the BJP embraced the phrase’Ghar Phoonk Tamasha Dekhna‘ (putting on a show after setting the house on fire), the leader of every secular citizen in the country bowed in shame. Now, even non-resident Indians are in the grip of this fire. This fire must be put out immediately,” the former Union minister said in a tweet in Hindi.
Amid protests from Muslim groups over the remarks, the BJP also issued a statement aimed at allaying minority concerns and distancing itself from these members, saying it respects all religions and strongly opposes insulting any religious personality.
“Today’s BJP statement saying ‘strongly against any ideology that insults or belittles any sect or religion’ is nothing but blatant pretense and a feigned attempt at damage control,” he said. said Surjewala.
“One thing is clear, this is a lesson for the outspoken BJP members that they are just fodder in this game of political grandstanding and can be used, tossed and discarded in the blink of an eye,” did he declare.
The Congress leader said a brief BJP statement is unlikely to heal the millions of wounds inflicted on the ethics of Indianness.
“Will the bulldozing of India’s soul, philosophy and global humanity by the bulldozer of hate finally stop? Will the lynching of our constitutional philosophy cease? The repentance of the BJP and its leaders is it possible?” He asked.
Surjewala said the truth is that the BJP has pushed India into a dark age of religious polarization to serve its short term parochial political agenda.
As a result, Sikhs, Muslims, Christians as well as SCs, STs and OBCs had to face the wrath of lumpen elements backed by state power, he alleged, adding that this cannot be the central theme of any political party.
“The BJP and its shenanigans have repeatedly and purposefully insulted the age-old Indian civilizational ethos of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ by constantly pitting one community and religion against another to polarize, divide and spread hatred,” Surjewala said.
He said the intrinsic character of the BJP and the Modi government is now based on religious violence, divisive conservatism and nurturing hatred to secure vote-banking politics.
“No less than the Prime Minister and BJP Chief Ministers like Adityanath introduced a new political vocabulary of state-sponsored division of society, namely ‘Shamshan-Kabristan’, ’80 against 20 “Bulldozer,” he said, adding that political language in elections no longer focuses on phrases such as development, employment, progress, education, agriculture, irrigation, electricity, trade, business and infrastructure. .
“It is now all about creating, propagating, promoting and executing a divide between religions and communities based on what they wear, what they eat, how they live, how they celebrate their religion or even how they speak,” he said.
(With PTI inputs)