Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday told the Bharatiya Janata Party that it should think twice before using its “Pakistan politics” to abuse the Congress which had bifurcated the neighbouring country in 1971.
Mr. Gogoi made these remarks in response to BJP general secretary Ram Madhav’s barb on Sunday that the Congress was pro-Pakistan and might win an election if they contested in the neighbouring country.
“The BJP should remember that the Congress cut up Pakistan into two almost five decades ago. The party uses Pakistan as a ploy to divert attention from real issues such as job and farm crisis and whip up communal tension,” Mr. Gogoi said.
He also alluded to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “biryani and birthday diplomacy” and “love letter” to his Pakistan counterpart Imran Khan to underline the BJP’s fondness of the neighbouring country.
Mr. Gogoi criticised Mr. Modi for discarding veterans such as former Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani and Arun Shourie. “Only the BJP can ignore leaders like Mr. Advani and replace him with (BJP president) Amit Shah for the Gandhinagar seat,” he said.
But, the former CM clarified, that the Congress fight was not against Mr. Modi but his divisive, dictatorial and anti-poor policies.