The BJP on Sunday took exception to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s remarks that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh are dividing the country on religious lines, saying he is suffering from “attention seeking disorder”. The Congress vice president had earlier in the day taken a dig at Singh and remarked that while he agrees that Pakistan is trying to divide India along religious lines, the Home Minister and his “boss” (PM Modi) have also been doing the same. “Rahul is suffering from attention seeking disorder. It is a shameful statement. He does it for a good TRP,” BJP secretary Srikant Sharma said.
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He said while the entire country and the world community are united against Pakistan on the issue of terrorism, Gandhi’s remarks only encourage those seated in power in Islamabad. “No other party than Congress knows it better how to divide the country on religious lines. The 1984 anti-Sikh riots are the biggest example … then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had said minorities have the first right on resources. We say it is the poor who have the first right, this is the difference,” he said.
Addressing a Martyrs’ Day function at Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, Home Minister Singh said, “Pakistan is conspiring to divide India on religious lines but it will not succeed. We were divided in 1947 on religious basis. We have not been able to forget that… all Indians are brothers, whether they are born from the womb of a Hindu mother or a Muslim mother.”