Demanding the resignation of Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar over his remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an interview to a local TV channel, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on 17 November, stated what Aiyer said to the TV channel was appalling.
“Aiyar and Salman Khurshid have always spoken high of Pakistan and low of India,” he added.
Aiyar went to Pakistan before the Bihar Assembly polls and in an interview said that Pakistan should help India in defeating Prime Minister Modi and ensure that the Congress is back in the centre.
Speaking to ANI, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said, “He should apologise for his remarks. Aiyar, a former minister, should not have said such things and that too to Pakistan. Looking at the seriousness of the remarks, Congress president Sonia Gandhi should clarify and sack him from Congress.”
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan has struck a hornet’s nest by blaming the United States and Russia for the Paris terrors attacks. He said history will decide who are the real terrorists.
Khan was quoted as saying, “Pehle yeh dekhiye aap ki begunahon ko kisne maara. Begunahon ki maut America kare toh galat, Russia kare toh galat, koi sangathan kare toh galat. Yeh toh itihaas tay karega ki kaun aatankwadi hai aur kaun nai. yeh aane wala kal tay karega. (We should be see who killed the innocents first. Murder of innocents is wrong even if it is carried out by the US, Russia or any other organisation. Future will decide who are the terrorists and who are not).”
Meanwhile, hitting out against Khan, the BJP called the statement distasteful. “It is a condemnable comment made by the minister for it puts India’s fight against terrorism in a bad light. Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav should publicly condemn Khan’s statement.”