New Delhi, May 7: The BJP on Tuesday questioned the silence of Opposition leaders, including the Congress, Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party, over a controversial video showing former Border Security Force personnel Tej Bahadur Yadav, whose nomination was cancelled from Varanasi Lok Sabha seat, saying that he could kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi for Rs 50 crore.
'Why is there total silence? Why no opposition leader is saying anything",' said BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra at a press conference here. It is a serious matter and related to the Prime Minister and his security, he said. Nomination papers of dismissed BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav were rejected by the returning officer for Varanasi, the Lok Sabha constituency from where Mr Narendra Modi is contesting general elections.
Dr Patra said Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav was praising Tej Bahadur a few days ago, adding that 'I want to ask SP-BSP coalition that after watching this video will they apologise to the country'.
When Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is slapped, the echo is heard for months, but when there is a conspiracy to assassinate the Prime Minister then there is no comment from any opposition leader, he said.
'Do Opposition leaders agree with Tej Bahadur's comment,' the BJP leader asked, adding that ' whenever there is a conspiracy against the Prime Minister, all opposition leaders, who cannot defeat 'kaamdaar', will go to any extend and their 'niyat' (intentions) of opposition has fallen to such a low,'he said..
'Mr Narendra Modi is the prime minister of the country not the BJP, Dr Patra said, adding that 'we should deplore such comments'.
'The irony is that in such affairs, opposition stands with such sort of people,' he said and this has happened earlier also.On Prime Minister Modi saying that the life of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's father and former PM Rajiv Gandhi had ended as "bhrashtachari number 1", Dr Patra said,' the Prime Minister has spoken the truth and this is the reason Congress shies away of fighting polls in Delhi and Punjab, referring to the 1984 Sikh riots.'
On the Supreme Court rejecting the plea filed by 21 political parties seeking 50 per cent verification of VVPAT (Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail) slips, Dr Patra expressed confidence that BJP will win more than 300 seats in general elections and so the Opposition had 'gone to get anticipatory bail in the court' which, he said 'was rejected'.
'Congress will got to any extend to malign the Prime Minister,' he alleged. Over the war of words between the Prime Minister and Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Dr Patra said she was denying her people the grant given out by the Centre.
Addressing a rally in East Midnapore district's Tamluk, Mr Modi said that he had called Ms Banerjee twice on Saturday to discuss relief measure on Fani cyclone in West Bengal but his calls were not returned. UNI