AGENCIES, New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked BJP MPs to take lead in ensuring amity in society with their words, mind and deeds. Modi’s remarks come amid criticism of his government by the Opposition over recent Delhi riots.
Addressing the BJP parliamentary party meeting, Modi also took a dig at Congress leader Manmohan Singh, saying the former prime minister finds a ‘bad smell’ even in a slogan like ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and looks at it with suspicion.
At a recent event, Singh had said the slogan of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ was being misused to construct a ‘militant and purely emotional’ idea of India that excludes millions of residents and citizens.
Seizing on Singh’s remarks, Modi said in the closed-door meeting that similar controversies were created over ‘Vande Mataram’ during the freedom struggle and singing it was considered a ‘gunah’ (crime) with many people choosing to leave the meetings of the Congress when it was played, sources said quoting the prime minister.
“It is unfortunate and sad that 70 years after independence, raising a slogan like ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ is being depicted as a crime… It is unfortunate that a person who held the post of prime minister is saying so,” Modi said, adding that every patriot will be pained with this.