BJP slam Vajpayee’s niece, says she is politicising his death

Correspondent Shillong, Aug 24 | Publish Date: 8/24/2018 11:47:41 AM IST

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday hit out at Karuna Shukla, the niece of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, accusing her that she was politicizing his death.

The BJP accusing Shukla for politicizing his death came a day after Shukla had accused the ruling BJP for  politicising the former prime minister’s death for electoral gains in 2019 polls by carrying the ashes across India.

 “She (Shukla) is with the Congress and had also contested elections on a Congress ticket. She is trying to politicize it (Vajpayee’s death). It is unfortunate that someone is trying to politicize it. We believe this entire is far beyond and above politics,” BJP Spokesperson, Nalin Kohli told journalists here in Meghalaya.

“But we don’t see it as a political exercise. Some people have also pointed out why BJP is taking Atal’s ashes across the country. This is not the first time this has happened its happened with several Prime Minister before Atal , Nehru’s  ashes, Indira Gandhi’s ashes also went to several states,” Kohli said.

 “I think that opportunity to people to offer their homage is not a new opportunity or a political opportunity but it is a mark of respect,” he said.

Meanwhile, several leaders across party lines and religious leaders of various faith offered floral tribute to the urns containing the ashes of former Prime Minister at BJP headquarters here in Meghalaya.

Kohli said the idea of taking Vajpayee’s  ashes to different states across the country was an opportunity for those who loved him and have affection for him wish to pay their respects now that he is no longer with us it was opportunity for that.

 “Vajpayee was the longest serving non-Congress Prime Minister. He was a person who was loved across all party lines. He steered India through a very important period of India where there was expansion of infrastructure of India assuming the world of a self reliance of being super power in the making,” Kohli said.

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