BJP insulting memory of late Vajpayee: NPCC

BJP insulting memory of late Vajpayee: NPCC
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Dimapur, August 24: The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has accused the BJP of insulting the memory of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee by turning the immersion of the late leader’s ashes into a “political circus.”
“The immersion of ashes belonging to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee in some selected rivers across the country has been turned into a political circus by the BJP and more so by BJP Nagaland. The last rites are performed by the family members for peace of the departed soul but PM Modi and the BJP have usurped the last remains of former PM Vajpayee and are using it for petty political gains,” said a release issued by Media Cell, NPCC.
“Having consigned the former PM into political oblivion after 2004 election defeat and rendering his political thoughts and actions irrelevant through divisive agenda and hate politics, the BJPs sudden affection for the former PM after his demise is just a ploy to extract some cheap political mileage,” it claimed.
The NPCC particularly hit out at what it called “the activities of BJP Nagaland” particularly its State president “displaying their eagerness to please their communal masters by following and observing rituals that are alien to our way of life.” This, the NPCC said, is an insult to all right thinking Nagas.
While Naga’s have been struggling for the past seven decades to protect our unique history, the all out attempt by state BJP to assimilate themselves into a new alien culture as dictated by their high command is a severe assault on the aspirations of the Naga’s and their future, it said.
Respecting others belief and culture should not be at the cost of compromising our very own belief and culture that forms the core foundation of our existence as individual and as tribe. The zealous conduct of the State BJP President in propagating the Hindutva culture of the RSS in the state which is even despised by majority of Hindus across the country therefore needs to be seriously condemned, the NPCC said.
Claiming that the Congress remains the only barrier against the onslaught of Hindutva forces in Nagaland, the NPCC appealed to people from different walks of life to come forward and join hands together to prevail upon the present situation of helplessness created by elected leaders who have compromised everything for the love of power and money. (Page News Service)