Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Sunday said that the BJP was engaged in an “ideological battle” with JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, and that the student leader’s posturing after his release from jail was a “victory” for the party.
The senior BJP leader also cited several instances from history to make the point that it is the “historical tradition” of communist forces to “speak against the country’s interest” and “divide the country”.
At the national convention of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha — BJP’s youth wing — here, Jaitley said: “A strange situation has emerged. A new chapter of this ideological battle has begun. Someone wants to hold a programme in the memory of Yakub Memon, someone wants to hold a programme in the memory of Afzal Guru. Who were they? A small section was of jihadis. A major section was of Maoists. Slogans were raised about dividing the country.”
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Taking a dig at Kanhaiya, he said, “Main vijay isliye manta hun, kyunki jo ek baar Bharat ke tukde tukde ke naare lagate hue jail gaye the, vo jab bahar aaye unhen to Jai Hind aur Tiranga dikhlakar unko bhashan dena pada. (I consider this our victory because a person, who was jailed for chanting slogans of dividing India, after being released has to say ‘Jai Hind’ and waves the Tricolour during his speech.) This was an ideological victory for us.”
Jaitley added that “it was the misfortune of this country” that Congress leaders “went to these people to express sympathy”. “It was never done by Gandhiji, it was never done by Nehruji, Dr Ambedkar never did it, it was never done by Indiraji or Rajivji,” he said. Describing this approach of the Congress as “intellectual hollowness”, he said it was the responsibility of every worker of the BJP to carry forward the ideological battle against divisive forces.
Saying that Communists had a divisive ideology with “no faith in parliamentary democracy”, Jaitley cited several instances from history.
“Whenever this country faced any challenge, the basic confrontation has been between nationalist forces and communist ideology. When Gandhiji was leading the freedom struggle, then the communist leaders of this country said that Gandhiji represented feudalist forces. When Gandhiji raised the slogan of Quit India, the communist party of that time completely opposed the freedom struggle. When Independence came, their ideology was that we don’t believe in democracy. Hence, communist ideology was that we will divide the country by violence and seize (power),” he said.
The Finance Minister quoted a speech of Dr B R Ambedkar before the Constituent Assembly on November 25, 1949. Urging BJYM chief Anurag Thakur to distribute copies of the speech, Jaitley quoted Ambedkar: “Everyone except the communists will embrace this Constitution because the foundation of the Constitution is parliamentary democracy, the ideology of the communists wants to seize power by violence.”
In the 1962 war, Jaitley said, the “communists said that China had not attacked, but it was India that had attacked. Hence, it is their historical tradition to speak against the country’s interest”.
“When the emergency was imposed”, Jaitley continued: “The CPI was the only political party that had supported the Emergency. Democracy was being throttled, and they had no faith in democracy.”