BJP slams Shashi Tharoor, announces 3-day programme to mark Bhagat Singh’s death anniversary

Javadekar alleged that Congress chose to insult martyrs two days before their martyrdom day, a reference to the hanging of Rajguru, Sukhdev and Singh on March 23, 1931, by the British.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: March 22, 2016 7:24 pm
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With the issue of nationalism dominating the political discourse, BJP on Monday announced a 3-day programme to commemorate Bhagat Singh’s martyrdom and attacked Congress over its MP Shashi Tharoor’s remarks comparing JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar with the freedom fighter.

Seeking an apology from Congress and Tharoor, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said the opposition party may have distanced itself from its MP’s comments but it was not adequate as he had not withdrawn it or expressed regret.

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“What is Congress doing? For 12 years, it opposed Modi, for two years, it opposed development (under Modi), then it gave respectability to anti-India slogans raised in JNU and now insulting martyrs has become the identity of Congress under Rahul Gandhi,” he told the media at a party briefing.

He alleged that Congress chose to insult martyrs two days before their martyrdom day, a reference to hanging of Rajguru and Sukhdev besides Singh on March 23, 1931, by the British.

Tharoor said so with an eye on Kerala assembly polls, Javadekar alleged.

BJP leaders across the country will pay tribute to the three martyrs on Wednesday, sing Singh’s favourite song ‘Rang de basanti chola’ on Holi the day after and, on the last day, burn effigies of the “mindset that insults martyr”, Javadekar said.

There is “anger” among people across the country over the episode and BJP will express it through the exercise, he said.

Referring to reports that Kanhaiya’s posters have been used by some Congress leaders in Assam polls, he said it showed that the opposition party had no role model left and was depending on “borrowed pictures.”

“Their role models have failed. It is political bankruptcy of Congress.”

There could be no comparison between the JNU leader and Singh as the former is accused of glorifying Afzal Guru, who was convicted of helping foreign terrorists in attacking Parliament, while the latter chose gallows in his fight against foreign invaders, he said.

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  1. A
    Mar 22, 2016 at 4:33 pm
    Bhagat Singh was never involved or encouraged RSS. Bhagat Singh (IPA: [pə̀ɡət̪ sɪ́ŋɡ] ( listen) 1907[a] – 23 March 1931) was an Indian revolutionary socialist who was influential in the Indian independence movement. Born into a Punjabi Sikh family which had earlier been involved in revolutionary activities against the British Raj, he studied European revolutionary movements as a teenager and was attracted to anarchist and Marxist ideologies. He worked with several revolutionary organisations and became prominent in the Hindustan Republican ociation (HRA), which changed its name to the Hindustan Socialist Republican ociation (HSRA) in 1928.
    1. p
      Mar 22, 2016 at 4:57 pm
      Shashi Tharoor is not less a patriot than Bhagat Singh or Kanhiya. He will do any trick to be free of the murder charge against his wife. Once he is in jail, he will have a lot of time utter such nonsense. With three failed marriages to his credit, he is desperate to build his image.
      1. Ruru Koshy
        Mar 22, 2016 at 3:06 pm
        Bhagat Singh was attracted to communist... not to Hinduism or any theistic religion... Kanhaiya is also a communist...
        1. S
          S.K. Express
          Mar 22, 2016 at 5:26 pm
          Why doesn't Thaoor compare Kanhaiya with Nehru? Why muddy a freedom fighter's name?
          1. A
            Mar 22, 2016 at 3:58 pm
            What about Godse? Why BJP is not arresting Hindu Mahasabha traitors? Why BJP is not celebrating hi's Birthday? The more the Hindu traitors pretend the more they are exposed
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