PATNA: The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has reacted bitterly to the burning effigy of demon king Ravana with faces of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party chief Amit Shah and eight others on Dussehra and described as indicative of low-going politics in India.
The effigy was burnt by the Congress-backed student group, National Student Union of India (NSUI), on the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus which earlier too had come under controversy.
Although the idea was to register symbolic protest over PM’s alleged “failure” to fulfill his promises he made to the country and “Hindu fundamentalist ideas”, the move has triggered strong protests.
“By doing do, the Congress is strengthening the fists of Pakistan,” alleged BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra who also asked the party chief Sonia Gandhi to tender public apology.
Another BJP leader Syed Shahnawaz Husain condemned the incident, describing it as sheer display of “low-level politics”.
“The country will never accept such despicable things. The Congress should stop doing such low-level practice and tender apology for this act,” said Husain.
But Congress said it did not wrong. “This was not the first time in history was any effigy of a leader was burnt. This is usual practice to register symbolic protests,” remarked Congress spokesperson Akhilesh Pratap Singh.
Burning effigy of a leader is nothing unusual here but what has irked the BJP is the way the Prime Minister Modi was presented as “Ravana” which the Hindus love to hate.
The effigy also had faces of Yoga guru Ramdev, Sadhvi Pragya, Nathuram Godse, Asaram Bapu and others.
Meanwhile JNU administration has ordered a probe into the incident.
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