A move by the city Congress to burn photocopies of books by writer Dinanath Batra to protest “saffornisation of education” met with resistance from the BJP which organised a counter protest gathering here Saturday with top party leadership threatening “legal” action against city Congress leadership for their action.
The BJP leaders were miffed at the action of the Congress party leaders and workers who came together on Friday to burn the books that have been introduced in state-run primary and secondary schools to “opposed to use of educational institutions as platforms for preaching political ideologies.”
They said that Congress workers burnt pages of books containing pictures of great personalities including Mahatma Gandhi, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Maharshi Aurovindo, Ravindranath Tagore, Vinoba Bhave, Swami Vivekanand, among others which showed “their disrespect towards India’s great personalities.”
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BJP leaders including state general secretary Bharat Pandya, mayor Bharat Shah and top city leadership gathered at the Gandhinagar Gruh in the city to protest against the action of the Congress party workers. Pandya termed the action by the Congress as “despicable” and threatened to launch a state-wide agitation.
“Congress party has shown disrespect of the mahapurush of the country by burning pages of books containing their pictures. We will launch state-wide agitation against the way Congress party members burnt the pictures of great personalities. If they remain adamant on their move, we will seek feedback from our legal cell on taking legal action against them,” Pandya said.
In response, Congress said they were opposed to the government’s attempt to spread “RSS ideology” by introducing books that distorted historical and geographical facts in their favour and added the book burning programme was a part of a statewide protest organised by them.