NEW DELHI: Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday sparred over Rajnath Singh’s meeting with Muslim clerics in Lucknow with the ruling party accusing BJP of “double-speak” and the opposition party hitting back.
Attempting to reach out to Muslim community, Singh had met some prominent Muslim religious leaders in the UP capital from where he is fighting the Lok Sabha election.
“Congress wants to ask BJP if the Shahi Imam comes to Congress president’s residence it is communalism, then what they would call when the BJP chief goes to Muslim clerics and makes promises to them? Is it not communalism?” Congress general secretary Ajay Maken said.
Sonia Gandhi’s meeting with the Shahi Imam had invited strong reaction from BJP with its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi leading the attack. Modi has accused her of spreading the “poison of communalism” in election. “It shows BJP’s double-speak, double-face and dual character,” Maken said.