Vajpayee’s unease at Kalam’s Gujarat visit ‘natural’: BJP

Bihar BJP virtually endorsed former President A P J Abdul Kalam’s views in his memoir that the then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was uneasy with the former’s visit to Gujarat after the 2002 riots

Written by Press Trust Of India | Patna | Published: July 2, 2012 3:27 am

Bihar BJP on Sunday virtually endorsed former President A P J Abdul Kalam’s views in his memoir that the then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was uneasy with the former’s visit to Gujarat after the 2002 riots.

Bihar BJP president C P Thakur said that it was “natural” for a government to feel uneasy with the visit of the constitutional head to a state ravaged with strife.

“Vajpayee’s unease at Kalam’s visit to Gujarat was only natural as no government of the day would like the constitutional head to visit a state ravaged with strife,” Thakur told reporters here.

“Even in the states,a government would not be pleased with the governor visiting a strife-torn region,” he added.

Thakur,who was the Union Health Minister in the then NDA government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee,said that despite the sense of uneasiness with Kalam’s visit to Gujarat,Vajpayee did not oppose the latter’s decision when he went ahead.

The senior BJP leader also hit out at the political parties for their hypocrisy on treating the saffron party as communal or secular “at their whims and not on the basis of ideological consistency”.

In an indirect dig at coalition partner in Bihar JD(U) and specifically to Lok Janshakti Party supremo Ram Vilas Paswan,Thakur said,“Some political parties or politicians have no problem with the BJP’s ideological credentials so long as they reap benefits of political power in its association,but they start questioning its ideology the moment the party becomes dispensable.”

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