New Delhi/Lucknow, June 7: The dance by senior BJP leaders, including Sushama Swaraj, at Rajghat has snowballed into a major controversy with Congress dubbing attacking the opposition party as an outfit of dancers and demanding her resignation as the Leader of the Opposition.
Terming BJP as a party of “nachaniyon (dancers)”, Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh said in Lucknow that the party leaders violated the sanctity at the samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi and should apologise.
“The way in which party leaders breached the sanctity of Rajghat by dancing there is condemnable. The party should tender an apology to people. Yeh nachaniyon ki party kab se ho gayi” (When did BJP become a party of dancers)”? he said.
In Delhi, another party General Secretary B K Hariprasad said that” by dancing at Gandhi's samadhi, Sushma Swaraj not only insulted Gandhiji but all the freedom fighters and the entire countrymen. She should resign from the post of the Leader of the Opposition and apologise to the people.”
Digvijay Singh also said “BJP belonged to an ideology which killed Mahatma Gandhi....With its leaders Sushma Swaraj and Vijay Goel dancing there, they have shown they belong to this ideology.”
Swaraj had defended her act saying she was dancing to the tune of patriotic songs to boost the morale of party cadres, which is in keeping with traditions of BJP.
The controversy erupted yesterday when footages showing Swaraj dancing at Rajghat were aired on television channels.
DMK Parliamentary Party Secretary Adhi Shankar said BJP's protest at Rajghat and Sushma Swaraj dancing there shows “their joy as if they have got a great issue against the central government without any effort.” PTI