“With attempts to tarnish Opposition parties going in vain”

The BJP on Sunday accused the Congress of practising fascism by the kind of its attack against actor Amitabh Bachchan and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

The Congress was increasingly betraying signs of frustration with each of its attempts to tarnish the Opposition parties and leaders going in vain, the BJP said.

The Congress was unabashedly practising untouchability and targeting the Bachchan family only because it had differences with “one Congress family,” BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said. “The entire party and even its State governments are keen not even to be seen on one platform with him.”

The Bandra-Worli sea link belonged to people and not to “that family” or the Congress. The removal of posters of Abhishek Bachchan from the venue of WWF's (World Wide Fund for Nature) Earth Hour event here that was attended by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was condemnable, Ms. Sitharaman said

The country had not forgotten the way noted singer Kishore Kumar was targeted during the Emergency when All India Radio banned his songs for almost a whole year, she said.

Ms. Sitharaman charged the Congress with encouraging and rewarding Mr. Modi's baiters in a bid to defame a duly elected Chief Minister. She warned that this misplaced energies of the Congress would spell danger to the country.

Mr. Modi had proved his critics wrong by displaying his responsibility and cooperating with the SIT (Special Investigation Team) and underlining his belief that the Constitution and the law of the land were supreme, she said. The Congress was only making half-hearted attempts to interrogate Lashkar operative David Headley. No attempt was being made to interrogate him and one attempt had even shamefully failed, she said.

The BJP accused the UPA of not showing any enthusiasm in implementing the Court verdict on hanging Afzal Guru “though he is a proven offender against India.”

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