Dr. Avnish Jolly, Chandigarh, July 16, 2008:Senior BJP leader and Punjab’s Medical Education Minister Mr. Tikshan Sud today urged Election Commission of India demanding de-recognition of Indian National Congress for invoking religion for securing votes of Members of Parliament for ensuing No Trust Motion in Lok Sabha.
Mr. Sud referred to the statement of Mrs. Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, President, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, letter written by Capt. Amarinder Singh ex-Chief Minister and scores of other Congress leaders appealing to Shiromani Akali Dal MPs to vote and support Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister because he is the first Sikh Prime Minister of India. He also referred to the statement of various Congress leaders appealing to Akal Takhat to issue edict to all Sikh Members of Parliament to vote in favour of Dr. Manmohan Singh in Parliament.
The BJP leader said that Election Commission should immediately intervene to de-recognize Indian National Congress as no political party was supposed to entice voters or Members of Parliament to vote on the basis of a particular religion or region as it was against the basic spirit of our secular Constitution.
Expressing surprise over appeals emanating from Congress Party on securing vote on total communal and regional lines, Mr. Sud said that how a party seeking votes of MPs on pure communal and regional lines could claim itself leading a secular and National front? The BJP leader said that Congress MPs were riding a sinking ship and rats of ally parties have already started deserting the ship.
Mr. Sud said that BJP as a Nationalist Party has always worked for unity and integrity of country and always fought against communal and regional tendencies raising their ugly head. He said that this appeal of Congress party securing votes on communal and regional basis has exposed the real face of this morally bankrupt party.