New Delhi, Mar 3 : The Congress on Tuesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his remarks apparently on former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, saying "it is unfortunate that the Prime Minister did not take the counsel and wisdom of Dr Singh in the right spirit". "Instead of being sarcastic, he should understand that Dr Singh is known for his humility and wisdom", senior Congress leader and party spokesperson Anand Sharma said on Parliament premise.
The response from Congress came just hours after Mr Modi said, "it appears some people get offended by people raising the slogan ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’," while addressing BJP MPs. Earlier, while attending a book launch on India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, the former Prime Minister had said that nationalism and the slogan of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ are being misused to construct a militant and purely emotional idea of India that excludes millions of residents and citizens.
"Bharat Mata belongs to all those who live in this country, that is why it is called Bharat. Whether the slogan Bharat Mata Ki Jai or the Tri-colour, it has to be held in highest respect and not be used to abuse, polarisation, divide, violence or create conflicts. We cannot shout slogans and attack oppressed fellow citizens denied of their rights", said Mr Sharma. He also said, "greatest insults to Bharat Mata is being committed by those who are using the slogans to create violence and hurt fellow citizens and this must stop".
Criticising the government for not holding discussion over the Delhi communal violence, the Congress spokesperson said that there is a need of Parliament not only to discuss but also fix an accountability. "That is exactly what Parliamentary democracy has to do. The government should give up its obduracy, its rigidity and the larger interest for Indian democracy, respect the institution of Indian Parliament by accepting the discussion", he said. He added that this is the time to send a message to the people in Delhi, and for citizens across the country that the Parliament of India, irrespective of the parties, is collectively concerned and jointly condemned what has happened.
"It is unfortunate that we have allowed the situation to fester, our friendly countries are expressing concerns and there is criticism in many world capitals. Debate in Parliament and sending the message will be in the interest of the country in today's situation", Mr Sharma added. After witnessing several adjournment over protests by opposition parties over demand of discussion over Delhi violence, the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day. (UNI)