Congress responsible for dividing India, says Nirmala Sitharaman

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 13 July 2018, 11:28 PM
Congress responsible for dividing India, says Nirmala Sitharaman (Photo: PTI)
Congress responsible for dividing India, says Nirmala Sitharaman (Photo: PTI)

Defence Minister and senior BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday alleged that the Congress party is playing a dangerous game in the name of religion that was used during the Partition of India in 1947.

"The Congress party is playing a dangerous game. It is playing up the card of religion and communal division. It may lead to the kind of division and communal disharmony which prevailed during the 1947 partition," said the Defence Minister.

Sitharaman’s comment comes a day after reports emerged that Rahul Gandhi called the Congress a Muslim party.

"The Congress would be solely responsible if any disharmony plays out between now and 2019 elections," she said, adding that the party wants to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections on the basis of religion and by pleasing the minorities.

However, the Congress had dismissed the report of Gandhi terming it as a Muslim party.

Party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the party is not biased by any means of religion and ethnicity.

"When governance fails, rumour rules! Congress is a party of 132 crore Indians, bereft of your faith-ethnicity-colour of one's skin-region-belief. For Congress is the foundational idea of India. No Bhakt will deter us from treading the path! Jai Hind," Surjewala tweeted.

First Published: Friday, July 13, 2018 11:25 PM
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