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BJP slams Congress for Sidhu's speech, accuses it of dividing people

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The BJP on Tuesday lashed out at the after its leader apparently asked Muslims at an election rally in to unite and oust Narendra Modi, saying it was in the opposition party's "DNA" to divide people.

At a press conference here, the (BJP) played a video of Sidhu's speech at Katihar in Bihar, where the is heard saying minorities in the country are the majority in that area and if they vote unitedly, the will be "sorted out".

Slamming the Congress,and Union said, "It is part of the Congress' to divide. It is not a new norm in this party."

The BJP also moved the Election Commission, seeking action against Sidhu for allegedly inflaming communal passion.

Prasad also attacked for her criticism of the saffron party over its interpretation of nationalism, and said she should not be giving lessons in nationalism to the BJP.

"Your encourages 'tukde-tukde gang'. It seeks evidence of soldiers' valour," he alleged, accusing the opposition party of dividing people for

Is this nationalism, the asked.

"We are proud that nationalism, national security and national respect have emerged as a big issue. People of country will respond. We are very assured to know that because of these comments of opposition leaders, seeking evidence of sacrifices, questioning tough action against terrorism, all these issues have come to the centre stage of this campaign," he said.

Whether it is Sidhu or opposition leaders like Mayawati, Mamata Banerjee or Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, they are all speaking on a similar voice, Prasad alleged.

The also took strong exception to some Bangladeshi actors campaigning in in support of the state's ruling and questioned if they had sought permission for this.

The is for the citizens of India, he said, adding outsiders may come as observers but if they want to campaign for a party, then they may require permission.

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First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 20:20 IST
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