After the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) posted a photo on social media of a pair of burning khaki shorts, the opposition Congress party accused the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the party’s ideological mentor, of “promoting violence” on Monday.
As part of their uniform, members of the RSS wore khaki shorts (members now wear khaki trousers)
The Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Congress’s main rival in the state, has criticised the party for using a “weird manner to battle BJP-RSS” by focusing the majority of its current Bharat Jodo Yatra on the state of Kerala, which is governed by the Left, and only two days on the state of Uttar Pradesh, which is governed by the Right.
As the protest march headed by Congress’s ex-president Rahul Gandhi entered its sixth day, the party targeted the BJP-RSS with a photo of the burning khaki shorts. “According to a tweet from the party’s official account, there are 145 days left in the yatra. Our goal, to free the country from the grip of hatred and repair the damage created by the BJP-RSS, will be achieved gradually.
In Raipur, RSS joint general secretary Manmohan Vaidya addressed media in response to the piece, saying: “The Congress makes an effort to equate people with their hatred of others. They’ve always had it in for us. Despite their parents’ and grandparents’ best efforts, the RSS gained popularity and expanded.
The BJP also called the Congress’ march, which began on Wednesday in Kanyakumari and concluded on Sunday in Kerala, the “Bharat Todo Yatra” and accused them of “promot[ing] violence.”
Sambit Patra, a spokesman for the BJP, claims that the post by the Congress functioned as an invitation for “terrorists” in the southern state to attack BJP-RSS personnel.
Patra issued an immediate order to remove the comment. The use of force is forbidden under India’s constitution, he said.
The BJP leader further stated the Congress “had an old affinity with fire,” bringing up the anti-Sikh riots and the situation in Punjab in the 1980s.
Two days before Union Home Minister Amit Shah started a new wave of attacks by the BJP on the opposition party, he had urged Congressman Rahul Gandhi to learn more about Indian history. Despite Gandhi’s claim that India is not a nation, Shah said he was trying to “unify the nation” in response to one of his legislative remarks.
To counter the BJP’s “jealousy” over the Bharat Jodo Yatra’s seeming success, the Congress launched its own campaign.
So why do advocates of a Congress-free Bharat have problems with effigy burning? Why do they care if you tell them? This was tweeted in Hindi by Jairam Ramesh, the communications director for the Congress party.
“It’s because those who opposed the “Quit India Movement” are jealous of #BharatJodoYatra’s current popularity, he said; once India is united, their “hate store” will be closed, and that’s why they’re acting so outraged when they see a photo of a burning knicker.
The Congress party made fun of the CPI(M), claiming they were the “A squad” supporting the BJP in Kerala.
Gain a deeper understanding of the yatra’s logistics and your motivations by reading what Ramesh has to say about it “And this irrational critique is coming from the BJP’s A team in MunduModi country.
For the opposition to work together, he stressed, a strong Congress is essential.
We are pleased that all parties are paying attention to what the Congress is doing, as Ramesh phrased it. Only when Congress gets stronger will the opposition come together. This must be realised by our allies as well.” The purpose of this Bharat Yatra is to promote the Congress.
In states that aren’t part of the statewide march, a Congress leader who spoke on the condition of anonymity said that a 100 mile additional demonstration would take place. The leader has pledged that Uttar Pradesh will be thoroughly explored during the second yatra. Aside from West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, and Gujarat are also excluded.