On Wednesday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) slammed Congress President Rahul Gandhi over his remarks on the arrests made by Pune Police.
The Gandhi scion had earlier said that the arrest were carried out to curb dissent. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra clarified that BJP had no issues with dissent and the arrests were made in connection to activities that were related to ‘disintegration of the country’.
The BJP spokesperson, addressing the press, informed, “Democracy is all about dissent.” Patra further clarified, “The Constitution guarantees the right of dissent, and we stand by it. But not for disintegration of the land, not for the disintegration of the country, of motherland.”
Citing a report on the former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s speech, the BJP spokesperson recalled how the then Prime Minister had called Naxalism the gravest threat to India. Patra also said that the Congress President was now contradicting Manmohan Singh while calling the naxalites as human rights activism.
Patra further expressed his regret that Congress that was once a large party has now reached its lowest ebb and had become a fringe organisation.