Patna: Disregarding urgent issues affecting most people in the nation including a slowing economy, rise in unemployment, farmers' struggle, and rising cost of essential items like onion, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders led a march in Patna on Saturday and sat on a dharna at the Kargil Chowk demanding apology from Congress Party on the recent Supreme Court upholding on the Rafale issue.
BJP, that shares power with Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal-U in Bihar, sat on dharna at party district offices across the state as Bihar BJP president Dr. Sanjay Jaiswal led the march in Patna demanding apology from Congress leader Rahul Gandhi who had given rise to the pre-2019 Lok Sabha election slogan 'Chowkidar Chor Hai' in reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the government's involvement in the purchase of Rafale fighter aircraft for an estimated price of $8.6 billion from a French company.
Last Thursday, the Supreme Court dismissed opposition's petition to review the Rafale deal stating no irregularities or corruption were found when the Indian government made a deal with the French government.
Jaiswal said that not only the opposition lost in the court of the public eyes, it also lost in the Supreme Court.
"This was a clear attempt by the opposition leaders to besmirch the Prime Minister who is 'pure' and not 'chor', as said by Rahul Gandhi. Now that the Supreme Court has said what we had been saying all along, it's time for Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders to apologize to the Prime Minister and the entire NDA.
"Rahul Gandhi has a strange character. He has apologized to the Supreme Court but he hasn't apologized to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This is akin to treachery. He needs to apologize to the Prime Minister and to the entire nation," Jaiswal said.
BJP's lone Muslim face in Bihar and party spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain also echoed Jaiswal's sentiments while adding that the nation had given apt reply to the Congress when it elected the NDA by a historical margin in the last Lok Sabha elections.
Those who took part in today's sit-in included legislator Arun Kumar Sinha, Devesh Kumar and many local BJP leaders.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS