Congress' demand for Advani apology is comical: Ravi Shankar Prasa
New Delhi, July 28 (UNI) The BJP today described as "comical" and "curious" the demand by the Congress an apology from former Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition L K Advani for his comment on the arrest of Indian doctor in Australia Haneef, now freed by the authorities.
In a statement, BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Congress demand was ''comical,'' particularly in the light of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's observation that he lost sleep when he saw parents of those who were arrested abroad in connection with their alleged implication in terror related incidents crying.
Regretting that the BJP was expecting a proper and satisfactory response to Mr Advani's comment and not what Singh had stated, Mr Prasad clarified that the BJP always had a consistent stand that there should be no victimisation of innocent and law should be applied fairly. "But the larger issue is the highly selective way in which Dr Manmohan Singh looses his sleep," he said, terming the PM's statement as the ''worst kind of vote bank politics.'' The BJP, would like to ask the Prime Minister whether his sleep was disturbed when so many innocent Indians were killed by terrorist violence and naked killings in the bomb blasts in Mumbai and Delhi and other places,'' he said.
''Did he also have the same experience when innocent pilgrims were killed by terrorists few days ago in Pahelgam in Kashmir, or the attack on the nuclear research centre in Srinagar?'' Mr Prasad sought to know.
The BJP leader said the Prime Minister must understand that the spurt in terrorist violence in the country was ''due to the soft policy of the government on terror which becomes increasingly evident from his persistence to take steps to reduce Army deployment in Kashmir in spite of objection from the forces.'' UNI