BJP has stepped up its attack on senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar for his controversial comments to the Pakistani media where, during a panel discussion, Aiyar said that PM Modi needs to be removed from power for India-Pakistan talks to resume.
Aiyar’s comments sparked a controversy with the BJP calling his remarks as “treason” and demanded an apology from Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.
On Wednesday, senior BJP leaders and union ministers M Venkaiah Naidu and Prakash Javadekar hit out, not just at Aiyar but also former External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid. Khurshid has been accused for criticising the NDA government for adopting a tough stand towards Pakistan.
“The comments made by Aiyar and Khurshid are highly objectionable and anti-national. Going to a foreign country and calling upon the people to overthrow a democratically elected PM is nothing but sedition….Congress party should condemn these remarks and take strongest possible action against these two people. They are not ordinary people to be brushed aside. They were ex-ministers and spokesmen of the Congress party. This shows the level of the frustration of the party and its leaders,” Naidu told reporters in Delhi.
“Aiyar’s attempt is clearly aimed at de-stabilizing the democratically elected government led by Shri Modi. To say so on a foreign soil is even worse and amounts to clear act of treason,” said a statement released by Naidu later in the day.
Javadekar too minced no words in attacking the Congress.
“Does Congress approve of Aiyar’s remarks? If the two leaders are not forthcoming, then the Congress president should apologise. Being the chief of the party she should take responsibility and apologise,” Javadekar told reporters at BJP headquarters.
“Congress party should come clean in this regard and take necessary action against Shri Aiyar and Shri Khurshid for talking in support of Pakistan and its leadership and denigrating the Indian Government and Prime Minister,” Javadekar demanded.
He also accused the Congress of creating the Kashmir tangle.
“It was during Congress rule that a part of Kashmir was occupied by Pakistan. Congress was in power at Centre for so many years. It should now explain why the Kashmir issue was not resolved and peace was not restored between India and Pakistan all these years,” the BJP minister lashed out.
(With inputs from PTI)