The BJP on Tuesday strongly condemned both Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee for their comments against the party’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi.
BJP deputy leader in the Rajya Sabha Ravi Shankar Prasad said: “Priyanka’s comment that the BJP is running like rats and indulging in low-level politics (neech rajneeti) is condemnable and exposed her elitist disdain and bias against the poor. Narendra Modi comes from a poor family and Priyanka owes an apology for insulting the poor of the country. It is also casteist and anti-democratic.
“Her views also show desperation and the defeat looming large over the Congress. The latent has now become patent and Priyanka is now certain of an immediate defeat in the polls for the Congress,” he said.
Prasad said the BJP’s motto was development with good governance and those opposed to it were uniting against Modi. “The legacy of the UPA is ‘scam India’ and Mamata Banerjee’s ‘scam Bengal’ and that is why CPI leader A B Bardhan has extended his hand of friendship to her. “The third and fourth front as well the federal front have all disappeared,” he went on.
Condemning Mamata’s comments about arresting Modi, he said: “She normally doesn’t use such language but she should remember that he is also a CM and being herself a CM she should not say such things. She should realise that she is talking about the future Prime Minister.” According to Prasad, Mamata had already conceded defeat to the BJP in West Bengal and her remarks showed her “frustration”.
Asked whether the BJP would seek Mamata’s support after the Lok Sabha election results, he remarked: “The NDA will get more than 300 seats and there is no need to keep the doors open. Already 25 parties have supported Modi and many more will come.”
Talking about infiltration from Bangladesh, Prasad pointed out that Mamata herself had raised this issue in the LS and read out a SC judgment in a case related to the Illegal Migrants Determination Act in Assam, which ruled that infiltration was an aggression on India’s sovereignty. He felt the SC verdict on this issue was applicable all over the country including West Bengal. “Our stand is very clear on the issue of infiltration from Bangladesh. Those who are seeking shelter for being persecuted for their religion such as Hindus, Chakmas and Christians are welcome as refugees. But those coming to earn and deprive our people of their livelihoods are infiltrators and have to go back. National security is not negotiable,” he said.