Cong wants to fight 2019 on com­mu­nal lines: BJP

DNA (Delhi) - - INDIA - Manan Ku­mar manan.ku­mar@dnain­

New Delhi: Dub­bing the Congress a Mus­lim party, the BJP on Fri­day cau­tioned that the Op­po­si­tion party is play­ing a “dan­ger­ous game” of cre­at­ing com­mu­nal di­vi­sion, and plan­ning to fight 2019 elec­tions on re­li­gious lines. It said the Congress would be solely re­spon­si­ble if this leads to com­mu­nal dishar­mony and ri­ots in the coun­try.

In a tit for tat, Congress re­futed the BJP’s charges as pure lies, and said such false­hood is be­ing spread as the BJP wants to dis­tract the peo­ple’s at­ten­tion from real is­sues.

Bas­ing her al­le­ga­tions on a re­port pub­lished in an Urdu daily, De­fence Min­is­ter Nir­mala Sithara­man said Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi told Mus­lim in­tel­lec­tu­als in an in­ter­ac­tion that his party will now do ‘course cor­rec­tion’ and it is ac­tu­ally a Mus­lim party.

“He was prob­a­bly re­fer­ring to his Ja­neu Dhari role (re­fer­ring to Congress de­scrib­ing Rahul as Ja­neu-Dhari dur­ing Som­nath tem­ple row at the time of Gu­jarat elec­tions) ...I am sorry, I went off the track by telling I’m a Ja­neu Dhari. I am not that, I am ac­tu­ally a Mus­lim Dhari now,” said Sithara­man.

“Is this true... Mr Gandhi and the Congress must an­swer,” she said.

Hit­ting back, Congress leader Sush­mita Dev re­quested Sithara­man not to po­larise the coun­try and in­stead tell the na­tion the truth of Rs 58,000 crore Rafale deal.

“We are only days away from the mon­soon ses­sion of Par­lia­ment where the Modi govern­ment has ab­so­lutely no an­swers about the com­plete mess they have made in Jammu and Kash­mir, about the in­fla­tion, the price rise in fuel prices. It is but ex­pected that De­fence Min­is­ter should take up the is­sues which are un­nec­es­sary to cre­ate a con­tro­versy,” Dev said.

If the ob­jec­tive is to fight the 2019 elec­tion on re­li­gious grounds, we fear there could be a con­spir­acy for ri­ots in com­mu­nal sen­si­tive ar­eas... The Congress would be solely re­spon­si­ble if this leads to com­mu­nal dishar­mony in the coun­try. Nir­mala Sithara­man, De­fence Min­is­ter & BJP leader

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