Aarti Dhar

'Provocative' comments made against Modi

Demonstration planned outside German mission

NEW DELHI: The BJP on Sunday demanded an apology from the German government for “provocative” statements made by its Parliamentary delegation. “Tarnishing of the image of a democratically elected Chief Minister by visiting German officials is unacceptable,” it said.

A release issued by Vijay Jolly, joint convener, foreign cell of the BJP, said the party would hold a demonstration outside the German mission here on Monday.

The delegation, whose visit was supported by ‘Missio,' a Christian Catholic Bishops Agency, had gone to Gujarat, it said. The German lawmakers had raised an objection to the new anti-conversion law of the State government saying it had made conversions difficult, the release claimed.

It termed the act of the delegation “unfriendly” and said various BJP leaders would take part in the demonstration and submit a memorandum to the German ambassador.

The delegation members, who had visited Gujarat to study the status of the minorities, reportedly justified the European Union's decision not to grant visa to Mr. Modi.

“The Chief Minister of Gujarat has a radical tone to his politics and is described as dictatorial. He has a wrong perception of religious freedom,” members of the Christian Democratic Union of the ruling coalition of Germany reportedly told the media during their visit to Ahmedabad on April 8.