BJP questions Rahul’s “double standards”

July 05, 2011 06:26 pm | Updated August 16, 2016 11:48 am IST - New Delhi

BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy. File photo

BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy. File photo

Accusing Congress leader Rahul Gandhi of following “two standards” of compassion, Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday sought to know why he did not express similar sentiments after the police crackdown in the capital on supporters of Baba Ramdev.

The party also termed it as an “irony” that while the ruling party attacks the Uttar Pradesh government, it seeks Bahujan Samaj Party’s help in maintaining numerical superiority in Parliament.

“We want to understand why his compassion is limited to happenings in Uttar Pradesh. Why can’t he display similar compassion in other places, especially Delhi...how can there be two standards of compassion. We want Congress to clarify,” BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy told reporters here.

He was referring to Mr. Gandhi’s second visit to villages in Greater Noida which had witnessed violence to protest land takeover for the proposed Yamuna Expressway.

While agreeing that the law and order situation in UP was “bad”, he claimed the national capital faced a similar situation when police “targeted” supporters of Baba Ramdev in June at Ramlila grounds.

“We had also criticised the events in Uttar Pradesh.

But the BJP would like to recall the events which unfolded in Delhi on the intervening night of June 4 and 5,” Mr. Rudy said referring to the police action.

The Rajya Sabha MP also dubbed it as an “irony” that while Congress leaders attack the Mayawati government, they also seek the assistance of the ruling BSP to “to remain in power” at the Centre.

Earlier in the day, former BJP President Rajnath Singh termed Gandhi’s visit to Bhatta-Parsaul villages as a “political stunt”.

“It is a political drama. You can call it as a political stunt..,” he said.

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