Echoing BJP senior leader L.K. Advani’s words, former Chief Minister S.M. Krishna said it was unacceptable to call those criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi or the BJP as anti-nationals.
Speaking to presspersons here on Friday, Mr. Krishna said the Constitution had given the right to every individual to express his or her opinion.
“Everybody has a right and we cannot compromise on the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. Nobody should be called anti-national for criticising Modi. He himself would not approve of this,” he said.
Answering a question, Mr. Krishna said he had announced that he would not contest any election.
“I have kept my word. Some people have a different meaning for the word — last election — in their dictionary.” He clarified that he would not accept any position if Mr. Modi came back to power.
Mr. Krishna campaigned for BJP candidate A.Manju at Gandasi in Arasikere taluk, Hagare, and a few other places in Belur taluk.