The BJP has taken on the Congress over senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad for a statement the latter made at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) on Wednesday at an event to mark the 201st birth anniversary of its founder Sir Syed Ahmed Khan.
Speaking at the event, Ghulam Nabi Azad had said that there had been a change in society over the last four years as a result of which he was no longer being invited to speak by Hindu leaders:
The demands that were made, were made by our Hindu brothers. Calls to visit their constituencies. Muslim brothers, or leaders, be what they are, they made only 5% demands. But in the last 4 years, I've noticed that the 95% has fallen down to 20%. This can only mean that something is wrong. I am not making an example out of anybody, I speak about myself. Today, people are afraid of calling me, because they don't know how their voters might take it. However, there is no one more balanced than I am, be it inside the parliament, or outside it. Infact , many tell me that I am soft spoken, I attack people less. I have always said this, that the pen is mightier than the sword. (unclear) but the society has seen this impact. And this is something to think about. I have been contemplating this.
Addressing a news briefing following Azad's words airing on Republic TV, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra condemned the statement and accusing him of demeaning Hindus.
Patra raised earlier matters, including remarks made by Shashi Tharoor a few days earlier at the Hindu Litfest where he made a 'Good Hindu-Bad Hindu' distinction while speaking about the Ayodhya Ram Mandir issue.
"It is yet another attempt by the Congress to malign Hindus", he said, going on to list "Hindu terrorism, Hindu-Pakistan, Hindu-Taliban, Bad Hindus want Temple".
He also raised the matter of the controversial Jinnah portrait in AMU, speaking about Mani Shankar Aiyar's then remarks in Pakistan, and gave a show-and-tell description of his party's claim that the Congress was sponsoring "Modi-Hatao" Facebook ads in Pakistan.