Cong accuses BJP of politicizing Vajpayee’s death

DIMAPUR, AUG 24 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/24/2018 12:34:52 PM IST

Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) Friday accused BJP of politicising the death of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and insulting his memory.

In a statement issued by its media cell, NPCC said the act of immersing Vajpayee’s ashes in some selected rivers across the country was turned into a political circus by BJP and to a greater extent by its Nagaland unit.

Pointing out that the last rites were generally performed by family members for peace of the departed soul, NPCC accused the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP of usurping the last rites of the former Prime Minister and using it for petty political gains.

Having consigned Vajpayee into political oblivion after the 2004 electoral defeat and rendering his political thoughts and actions irrelevant through divisive agenda and hate politics, the Congress alleged that BJP’s sudden affection for the former prime minister after his demise was just a ploy to extract some cheap political mileage.

Hitting hard at BJP State unit, NPCC said the party’s activities, particularly by its State president, in their eagerness to please their communal masters by following and observing rituals that were alien to “our way of life” was an insult to all right thinking Nagas. 

While Nagas had been struggling for the past seven decades to protect “our unique history”, the all-out attempt by State BJP to assimilate into a new alien culture as dictated by their high command was a severe assault on the aspirations of Nagas and their future, Congress added.

The party asserted that respecting others’ beliefs and culture should not be at the cost of compromising “our very own” belief and culture that formed the core foundation of “our existence” as individual and as tribe. The zealous conduct of the State BJP president in propagating the Hindutva culture of RSS in the State that was even despised by majority of the Hindus across the country, therefore, needed to be condemned, it stressed.

Pointing out that Congress remained the only barrier against the onslaught of Hindutva forces in Nagaland, the party also appealed to people from different walks of life to come forward and join hands to prevail upon the present situation of helplessness created by elected leaders who had allegedly compromised everything for the love of power and money.

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