Cong may even partner with terrorists to be in power: BJP

The BJP on Saturday cited various past incidents to allege Congress can partner even with terrorists to be in power as it hit back at the opposition party for holding press conferences across the country to corner the government on the issue of terrorism.

BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra noted the reported remarks of then Union Minister Salman Khurshid that Congress President Sonia Gandhi was in tears upon seeing the photos of the meeting of Batla House and the party’s attack on the Gujarat government led by then Chief Minister Narendra Modi on the police. murder of suspected terrorist Ishrat Jahan.

Some organizations had alleged that the 2008 Batla House meeting was fake, and a few congressional leaders had joined the chorus for an investigation.

Patra noted that the LeT terror squad admitted Jahan was associated with it, but Congress called her “innocent” and sued the state government for her death. LeT founder Hafiz Saeed even hailed Congress as a good party, he claimed.

“This is the record of Congress, and the same party now dares to hold press conferences in 22 places on the issue of terrorism,” he said.

Congress leaders say national pressers aim to counter BJP’s ‘false nationalism’ and send message to grassroots that ruling party has ‘ties’ to individuals who have engaged in heinous crimes and terrorist acts.

Congress has alleged that Riyaz Attari, one of the main defendants in the murder of tailor Kanhaiya Lal in Udaipur in Rajasthan, was a member of the BJP. He also published his photographs allegedly with BJP leaders in Rajasthan.

The BJP, however, denied any links to such elements and claimed that some of them had clicked pictures with its leaders after infiltrating the ranks of the party.

The Congress also claimed that terrorist Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) Talib Hussain Shah, who was arrested by residents of Reasi town in Srinagar, was recently an official of the BJP minority cell in Jammu and Kashmir, an accusation denied by the BJP leadership. in the territory of the Union.

Replying, Patra alleged that appeasement is the basis of Congress leading to complicity in terrorism. He said the 10-year rule of the UPA has been “marked by frequent terrorist attacks” across India, while the current government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has kept terrorism in check.

The BJP spokesman also claimed that JKLF activist Yasin Malik, now convicted in a terrorist financing case, was praised under the UPA government.

Sonia Gandhi clicked her photo with controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, who fled India because he donated money to the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. Naik stoked anti-national feelings among people and encouraged communal passion, he alleged.

“If the Gandhi family has to partner with terrorists to stay in power, they won’t avoid that,” he said and asked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to do some soul-searching.

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