Determined to cash in on the perceived public support over its nationalism plank in the JNU row, the BJP has decided to launch a three-day Jan Swabhiman Abhiyan to renew the party’s pledge for “integrity, unity and progress” of the nation.
Meanwhile, BJP MP Manoj Tiwari wrote to President Pranab Mukherjee to “suspend” Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s Lok Sabha membership immediately, claiming “he has violated the pledge he has taken that he would protect unity and integrity of the country”, by extending “open support” to the “anti-India” forces.
“Rahul Gandhi, by holding a proper meeting on JNU campus, encouraged these anti-India forces. Supporting them, he said the government was suppressing the voices of the students there. He has sent a wrong message to the people and the armed forces…Rahul Gandhi, being an MP, has taken a pledge to protect unity and integrity of the country. He has violated this pledge. So, I demand his Parliament membership should be suspended immediately and proper steps in accordance with law be taken,” wrote Tiwari.
BJP leaders said the party’s “strong stance” has earned them a “lot of mileage”.
The party, they said, will now ensure that the message reaches the grassroot level.
The party will hold Jan Swabhiman Abhiyan on February 18, 19 and 20 across the country.