New Delhi, Dec 3: The Congress questioned the "culpable silence" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the controversial remarks by Union Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti and suspected a political motive behind her utterances ahead of Delhi assembly polls.[Who is Sadvi Niranjan Jyoti?]
"What is Narendra Modi's stand on this? Why has he not condemned it so far? Before this, Giriraj Singh had also said such things and he was made a minister. Why is he (Modi) quiet? The issue is not only these two."
"The issue is the culpable silence of the Prime Minister within and outside Parliament on it," party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi told reporters here.
Wondering whether the Prime Minister has given "direct, indirect, approbation, support and endorsement" to these, Singhvi said "why is Modi running with the hare and hunting with the hound? Why is the monotonous regularity of such remarks before and around elections?"
The tough posture on the issue by Congress came after it was decided in a meeting of party leaders with Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, that the party should go on the offensive on issues like this.
Alleging that Uttar Pradesh was made the first laboratory of such politics in the run up to Lok Sabha polls by BJP, the Congress spokesperson said "has Delhi now also become a similar laboratory? In this context, he also drew attention to the fire in a church in the national capital.
Congress also raised the church burning issue in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
Asking how can a central minister, appointed just a few days back, have the "temerity and gall" to say such a thing, he said adding a mere apology by her does not erase the "criminal culability" and hinted that some Congress leaders in individual capacity may also file criminal cases against her.
"Anybody can file an FIR and I am sure they will definitely do that," Singhvi said but made it clear that it may not be by Congress as a party.
Asked whether Congress will resort to disruptions in the House even tomorrow over the issue, Singhvi said decisions are taken on a day-to-day basis but asserted "constructive opposition does not mean sleeping opposition. We will not shy away for a minute from raising our voice on such serious issues".
Accusing the NDA government of practising "hyopcrisy and double standards", Singhvi said "these are habitual offenders. We know what Giririaj Singh had said.
"He was rewarded after saying those things and made a Minister of State. Perhaps Modiji will make now make him a Cabinet minister after his second statement."
Singhvi also targeted Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh's government over the Maoist violence and took potshots at the central government for its U-turns on issues.
"The law and order in Chhattisgarh is deplorable to describe it in the mildest word. The state government, which is exclusively charged with the responsibility of security, is treating its citizes as canon fodder.
"Human lives from common man, security personnel to politcians, are endangered and more than 1400 security personnel have died between 2005 and 2008 in the state and in 2009 incidents. They are giving lame excuses. Nothing is being done. Empty statements from the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister won't do. The nation wants to see results," he said.
Reading a connect in all these incidents, Singhvi said "everywhere there is hypocrisy. They say what they do not mean and mean what they do not say. They cannot be trusted and can do anything to get cheap political gains. They care for cheap political and party interest at the cost of national interest."
He charged "nobody had thought that we will have to hear such words in Delhi of 2014. Whether it is the issue of Chhattisgarh, remarks of Union Ministers like Jyoti or Singh or what we have said in the booklet, the larger canvass is that they are ready to jetisson national interest for cheap political interest".