New Delhi, Feb 28 : Congress on Thursday termed as 'shameful' and condemnable the statement by Karnataka BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa that the air strike carried out by Indian Air Force will help BJP to win 22 seats in Karnataka in the upcoming election .
The party said the statement made by Yeddyurappa revealed the political agenda supported by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.
In a statement issued here, AICC general secretary K C Venugopal said, ''The statement made by Mr B. S. Yedyurappa that the air strike carried out by Indian Air Force will help BJP to win 22 seats in Karnataka in the upcoming election reveals the most deceitful and shameless motive of BJP, AICC General Secretary K. C. Venugopal said in his statement.
To use the supreme valour and commitment of Armed forces for petty political gain is totally shameful and condemnable. ''
Alleging that Yedyurappa’s statement revealed the political agenda supported by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, Venugopal said, ''The statement made by Mr Yedyurappa has clearly revealed the most wicked political agenda well supported by MrModi and MrAmit Shah. The whole nation is proud of the supreme duty carried out by our armed force.
Using their service to Nation for electoral gain is a dubious agenda carried out by Modi and Amit Shah across the country. When the nation needs to stand in a single voice to support our armed force and their fight against terrorism, MrModi and MrAmit Shah is busy with political campaign taking credit of the supreme sacrifice of our Jawans. ''
The party had earlier on Thursday slammed Prime Minister NarendraModi for interacting with BJP workers to strengthen party’s electoral booths 'at a time when the nation waited to hear him' in the backdrop of escalating tension between India and Pakistan.
Addressing mediapersons at AICC headquarters, Congress spokesperson and former Union Minister Manish Tewari said the conduct of the BJP ever since the preemptive non-military strikes were carried out by the government is a matter of anguish.
“It's unfortunate that when the priority should be of further strengthening the nation, the Prime Minister thinks that this is the time to strengthen the electoral booths”, said MrTewari and added that “however, what really shocked us was at a point in time when the nation is looking towards its leadership and when the nation wants its leadership to speak to it, the Prime Minister chose to address the booth workers of the BJP rather than address the nation”.
The Prime Minister on Thursday interacted with over one crore BJP workers from 15,000 locations across the country, which the BJP claimed “duniyakis sabsi badi” video conference (world’s largest video conference).