A host of opposition parties on Monday criticised External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for her proposal of declaring the Bhagwat Gita as a “Rashtriya Granth”, but the Congress maintained a curious silence.
The Congress, which has been attacking the Government over attempts to polarise the country, also refrained from getting drawn into the controversy over Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Laxmikant Bajpai’s claims that the Taj Mahal was “part of an ancient temple”.
“I have not read it…I haven’t see it..Without discussing amongst ourselves it will be very difficult for me to articulate the party’s views,” Congress spokesperson Shakeel Ahmad said at the AICC briefing. The party, however, did not stop individual leaders from airing their views.
For instance, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor questioned the move. “I am also a Hindu, but in our religion there is not one holy book, there are many books. If you take Gita, what about the Vedas? What about Upanishads?… There are many opinions, we cannot just like that say that one book is holier than others,” Tharoor said.