New Delhi: Congress on Sunday blamed the BJP for pushing India into “a dark age of religious polarisation”, and said sacking spokespersons Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal was not sufficient.
“BJP’s statement today saying it is, “strongly against any ideology which insults or demeans any sect or religion” is nothing but a blatantly counterfeit pretence, which is evidently farce and another sham attempt at damage control,” Congress Chief Spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said.
“The BJP and its shenanigans have repeatedly & by design insulted India’s centuries old civilisational ethos of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ by constantly pitting one community and religion against another to polarise, to divide and to spread hatred,” he said.
He accused the BJP and Narendra Modi government of pushing religious violence, divisive conservatism and nurturing hatred to secure vote-bank politics.
“The truth is that the BJP has pushed India into a dark age of religious polarisation to subserve its parochial political agenda in the short term. Its leaders as well as workers have perpetrated only one thing and that is creating a schism in India’s universally celebrated idea of unity in diversity.”
He said the BJP and its leadership needs to rethink the irreparable damage being caused to the polity.
“Resultantly, Sikhs, Muslims, Christians as also SC, ST and OBC’s have had to face the wrath of lumpen elements backed by State Power. This cannot be the central theme of any political party,” he said.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday suspended spokesperson Nupur Sharma from the primary membership of the party for making objectionable comments against Prophet Muhammad. BJP’s Delhi media head Naveen Jindal was also expelled from the party for expressing views on social media pushing communal disharmony.