Cong hits out at BJP: It has bared its communal fangs

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New Delhi, June 2 (UNI) Hitting out at the BJP for its demand for rewording the Hindi equivalent of secularism in the Constitution, the Congress today said the saffron party had ''bared its true fangs'' by returning to their ''old tricks'' just after emerging as the single largest party in Karnataka.

The BJP had no right to exist as a political outfit in the wake of the demand by BJP President Rajnath Singh which was an assault on the ''soul of the Constitution,'' AICC spokesman Abhishek Singhvi told reporters.

By failing to understand the spirit of the Constitution, the BJP had shown that it was ignorant about the significance of secularism which was part of the basic structure, he said.

The demand showed that the BJP still represented the forces of fundamentalism and division. The party had made an attempt at achieving this by setting up the Constitution Review Commission when it was heading the NDA government, Mr Singhvi said.

The Congress, on the other hand, had always stood rock steady against fundamentalism, whether it related to Muslims or any other religious group.

The BJP's demand had exposed its true face once again. ''Perhaps, it is the RSS chief's suggestions for a fundamental rethink of the BR Ambedkar policy or it is their definition of Raj Dharam of Gujarat,'' the Congress spokesman said.

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