Congress attacks BJP over several issues, says party is practising 'false' nationalism

New Delhi: Escalating its attack on BJP, Congress on Wednesday accused the ruling party of practising "false" nationalism saying it had overturned earlier government's decision to name the international airport at Chandigarh after Bhagat Singh.

The party also stepped up its criticism of the Centre on the Rohith Vemula issue in the wake of the controversial Hyderabad Vice Chancellor rejoining the duty notwithstanding demands for his removal.

Party spokesperson Shobha Oza said Haryana's erstwhile Congress government had passed a resolution to name the international airport in Chandigarh after Bhagat Singh.

Congress attacks BJP over several issues, says party is practising false nationalism

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"This was overturned by BJP. The Prime Minister in 2015 had inaugurated the international airport. Instead of Bhagat Singh, the airport was named after RSS Pracharak Mangal Sain, who had headed the Jan Sangh in the state," she said.

Alleging that this is the "true face of BJP government", she said it exposed "false nationalism" of the BJP and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of remaining silent on this issue.

"This is the nationalism of BJP. Replace the name of a martyr with that of RSS pracharak."

Attacking the government over Hyderabad Central University Vice Chancellor Appa Rao Podile rejoining duty, she accused him of "forwarding the anti-student and anti-Dalit agenda of the BJP/RSS".

Oza said after the suicide of Rohith, students have been demanding that the Vice Chancellor step down for failure to take action against the "injustice" meted out to them.

"The BJP government seems determined to ruin our top educational institutions. This government is working like a fascist party that is imposing its ideology on students and using the threat of jail when they resist," she said recalling the incidents in various universities and educational institutes including JNU.


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Updated Date: Mar 23, 2016 21:25:55 IST

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