Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on Saturday asked the Congress president Rahul Gandhi to maintain “some decorum” in his comments meted out to BJP veteran L K Advani. Rahul Gandhi on Friday had accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of humiliating Advani, saying disrespecting one’s guru is not Hindu culture.
Earlier, Rahul Gandhi had said, “BJP talks of Hinduism. In Hinduism, guru is supreme. It talks of guru-shishya tradition. Who is Modi’s guru? Advani. Joota maar ke stage se utara (Advani was kicked out from stage).”
Taking strong objection to Gandhi’s remarks, Swaraj tweeted: “Rahulji - Advani ji is our father figure. Your words have hurt us deeply. Please try to maintain some decorum of your speech."
राहुल जी - अडवाणी जी हमारे पिता तुल्य हैं. आपके बयान ने हमें बहुत आहत किया है. कृपया भाषा की मर्यादा रखने की कोशिश करें. #Advaniji— Chowkidar Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) April 6, 2019
Rahulji - Advani ji is our father figure. Your words have hurt us deeply. Please try to maintain some decorum of your speech. #Advaniji
Days after being dropped from his Lok Sabha seat by the BJP, L K Advani on Thursday wrote a blog ahead of the BJP’s Foundation Day on April 6.
Advani said that the guiding principle of his life has been ‘Nation First, Party Second, Self Last’. “And in all situations, I have tried to adhere to this principle and will continue to do so,” he added.
Writing about the party’s ideology, Advani said that the BJP has “never regarded those who disagree with us politically as our enemies, but only as our adversaries”.
Similarly, in our conception of Indian nationalism, we have never regarded those who disagree with us politically as “anti-national”, he added.
"BJP has always been in the forefront of demanding protection of independence, integrity, fairness and robustness of all our democratic institutions, including the media," the veteran BJP leader wrote in his blog.
He said the party has always kept on focus electoral reforms, particularly political funding, to ensure a "corruption-free polity".
Advani also thanked the people of Gandhinagar for electing him to the Lok Sabha six times since 1991.
Advani, 91, who has served as Union home minister and deputy prime minister, has won from Gandhinagar six times.
Credited for orchestrating the BJP's rise to a pre-eminent position in the late 80s and 90s along with Atal Bihari Vajpayee after it won only two Lok Sabha seats in 1984.