Slamming Congress' Digvijaya Singh's statements on BJP's alleged ISI links, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra on Monday has said the party has 'Navaratna' durbar who make such irresponsible statements while addressing a press conference in New Delhi. He also listed nine leaders who time and again made such statements. Calling them Pakistan's 'Navaratna', he said that the neighbouring country is proud of them. He also pointed out that Pakistan's PM is seen repeating such statements.
"Congress has a 'Navratna' leaders who are responsible for such kind of careless statements. The main jewel in that Navratna is Digvijaya Singh. Others are Rahul Gandhi, Mani Shankar Aiyar, Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary, Shashi Tharoor, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Salman Khurshid, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Sam Pitroda. Though they are in Congress, they are Pakistan's 'Navratna'. Pakistan is proud of the statements made by the Congress durbar. Pakistan PM Imran Khan himself is seen quoting their statements frequently. How does Digvijay Singh know that how many of Pakistan's ISI spies are non-Muslims? ," he said.
He also said that such allegations against BJP are shameful. Demanding an answer from the party's interim-party president Sonia Gandhi, he said that Digvijaya Singh is a senior leader in Congress and former CM. He also questioned why should BJP be quiet on such allegations. Touting Congress' hate for PM Modi, he said that they did not know when they crossed a line, going against the nation. He also said that such statements gave oxygen to Pakistan's ISI.
"BJP is the biggest political party in the world. Putting allegations on BJP stating that 'BJP takes money from ISI' is shameful and serious. We demand an answer to this from party president Sonia Gandhi. Digvijaya Singh is a former CM, Congress' general secretary, and senior MP. If such a senior leader says such a statement do we keep quiet? Hating PM Modi, these people do not know when they cross the lines and start going against the nation. These statements give oxygen to Pakistan's ISI," he added.
Earlier on Sunday, Congress Rajya Sabha MP Digvijaya Singh alleged that the BJP and Bajrang Dal were taking money from Pakistan's ISI. He also stated that BJP was not part of India's freedom struggle, unlike the Congress. Questioning where they were in 1947, Singh condemned BJP's nationalism. He also made a big allegation that most Pakistani spies in India were non-Muslim.
"Our fight with BJP and Sangh is ideological. They did not participate in India's Freedom struggle. Now, they are giving us advice about nationalism. Where were they before 1947? Where were they when Indira Gandhi destroyed Pakistan into two? The number of Pakistan spies found in India are majorly non-muslims. Muslims spies are fewer. Bajrang Dal, BJP - they are taking money from ISI," he said.