New Delhi, Oct 17: Opposition BJP on Thursday, Oct 16 condemned what it called 'a baseless charge' levelled by the Indian Union Muslim League that two Muslim drivers were removed from the convoy of senior leader L K Advani during his Kerala tour.
Accusing Congress of trying to malign BJP's image, the party demanded that the Centre should come clean on the subject. The security of NSG-protected leaders was vested with the central and state governments, party spokesperson Prakash Javdekar said, adding that Advani and the team accompanying him came to know about the incident only through the media.
Casting doubts over the veracity of the reported incident, Javdekar said an enquiry revealed that the car protection team, which had two inspectors, three SIs and doctors in the ambulance, were from the Muslim community.
"The BJP does not believe in any discrimination on the basis of religion in any matter," Javdekar said, adding: "In fact, this seems to be the handiwork of the dirty tricks department of the Congress to malign the opposition in an attempt to arouse communal passions. This is another example of the worst kind of cheap politics."
BJP demanded that Congress should apologize for actions of some of its leaders, who raised doubts about the Batla House encounter, in the face of facts presented by the police to the Delhi HC through an affidavit.