Conflict and contest between two ideologies: Anand

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Shimla, Dec 10 (UNI) Clarifying his statmemt on terming the BJP ''waris'' (heir) of Nathu Ram Godse, Union Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma today said that elections in Himachal Pradesh were a contest between a secular Gandhinian thought and the divisive and sectarian ideology of the BJP.

''The contest and the conflict between the two streams of thought. While one believes in the secular Gandhinian thought, the second represented by the BJP was divisive and threatens to undermine the secular fabric of the country,'' he told newspersons here.

Mr Sharma said the party had never since the assassination of the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi in 1948 condemned the ''despicable act'' and this proved their complicity in it.

Expressed surprise over the BJP's objection to the reference, he said during the NDA Government's tenure the central government's policies and programmes were framed by the RSS pracharaks at its Delhi office in Jhandewala and its headquarter at Nagpur.

He added that all the policies and programmes of the government were later announced by their senior pracharaks outside the Prime Minister's residence.

''I would have been happy had the BJP taken action against Gujarat Chief Minister Narender Modi for his abominable act of violence in that state,'' he said.

He said it had never accepted the country's secular polity and had sought votes from the people to build a temple at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh.

UNI

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