BJP march a wrong display of political opportunism: Congress


New Delhi: Hitting out at the BJP for its planned flag-hoisting in Srinagar, the Congress Monday said the opposition party should instead march to Bangalore where the BJP government “was not being run according to law”.

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Congress spokesman Manish Tewari, commenting on the Bharatiya Janata Party youth wing’s planned Ekta Yatra to Srinagar on Jan 26, said it was “a wrong display of political opportunism”.

“Is Srinagar not an integral part of India? Is Jammu and Kashmir not part of India? What is the need to hoist the flag… It is not Muzaffarabad that there is need to hoist the flag,” Tewari said.

Tewari said the BJP should have ended the march in Bangalore. “They should have culminated the march in Bangalore where there the government is not being run according to constitution or the law,” he said.

Tewari also remarked that the BJP had not planned the march to Srinagar during the six years of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) rule.

He also wondered if the BJP leaders hoist the national flag over their rooftops. “If there is real commitment towards the national flag, at least they should have hoisted it on top of their homes,” Tewari said.

Asked about Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leaders questioning the timing of the march, Tewari said if the BJP did not want to heed the Congress or the prime minister’s request to desist from the march, it should at least listen to its own allies.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said Monday that he did not think there was need of such a march in the present context. The JD-U is an ally of BJP.