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BJP has always divided the country: Manmohan

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh holds a sword during an election rally at Puranpur in Pilibhit on Saturday.
PTI Prime Minister Manmohan Singh holds a sword during an election rally at Puranpur in Pilibhit on Saturday.

Hitting the campaign trail in Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday made a scathing attack on BJP by describing its ideology as against the composite culture of the state and said the party had always “divided the country.”

“BJP leaders want to give a turn to the Lok Sabha elections on communal issues, but we all need to give more emphasis on national issues. This time the big national issue is whether the country should have a government led by a party which has always divided the country,” Dr. Singh said while addressing an election rally in favour of his party candidate here, sitting MLA Sanjay Kapoor.

Referring to the controversial statement by BJP leader Amit Shah asking voters to avenge Muzaffarnagar riots, the Prime Minister said, “You have heard the speech of one of the BJP leaders. The question before you today is whether you will tolerate it and till when. UP is known for its mixed culture and there is a tradition of respecting each others religion, and I want to tell you that BJP’s ideology and works are against this ‘ganga-jamuni tehzib’ (composite culture)”.

“Uttar Pradesh has always been politically important, and this time also the Lok Sabha results in the state would decide who would form the government at the Centre,” Dr. Singh said.

Attacking BJP over the delay in the issue of its manifesto, Dr. Singh said, “BJP released its manifesto on the day when polling had already started in some states. This proves that they are not serious about putting up their policies before the people.

“BJP’s campaigning is centralised on one person. He is making promises which he will never be able to fulfil. Despite the passage of so many years, BJP’s manifesto has the same issues of Ram Temple and Article 370.” Dr. Singh said.

And what about people like mulayam singh, abu azmi and Azam khan who think girls should be hanged for having sex and boys let off in cases of rape? Your government has no qualms in aligning with such people. Congress is equally responsible for communal divide as is BJP. In our country where the political class is seldom held accountable for its actions, people think they can say whatever they want and get away with it.I highly respect Dr. Singh as an intellectual but his submission to the Gandhis for all national matters has destroyed his good image. The most ridiculous thing is that he is apologizing for the '84 riots when it should be the ones responsible for it. Instead of supporting his brethren and as the PM having an opportunity to provide justice for them, he is instead apologizing for a crime of which he wasn't a part and is defending the very same people who instigated it.

from:  Mv
Posted on: Apr 13, 2014 at 13:55 IST

Our country was divided in 1947, when BJP didn't even exist and Congress
was the single biggest party.

from:  Ishan Sanyal
Posted on: Apr 12, 2014 at 18:50 IST
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