New Delhi [India], Apr 13 (ANI): The BJP on Saturday fired a fresh salvo at the Congress over its promise of removing the sedition law mentioned in its manifesto, accusing the grand old party of siding with the "tukde tukde gang" referring to the Opposition's unity which is seeking to dethrone the BJP government from power.
"The Congress is with the tukde tukde gang. They are making their point of view absolutely clear. Anybody who wants to break India into different pieces and celebrate that, should there be a sedition law or not? They are on the side with the tukde tukde gang," New Delhi BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi told reporters here.
"Anything which harms the integrity of this country, we will take strong steps," she added.
The Congress released its manifesto on April 2, in which it promised to remove the sedition law to give a "fillip to freedom of expression" in the country if the party was voted to power.
The provision for sedition under Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code says, "Whoever, by words, either spoken or written, or by signs, or by visible representation, or otherwise, brings or attempts to bring into hatred or contempt, or excites or attempts to excite disaffection towards the Government established by law shall be punished with imprisonment for life, to which fine may be added, or with imprisonment which may extend to three years, to which fine may be added, or with fine."Since then, the BJP has attacked the Congress over the issue, questioning the motive of the proposal.
On Friday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh not only slammed the Congress for it, but he also said that BJP will make it even more stringent if it came to power again.
Addressing an election rally in Botad in Gujarat, Singh had said, "If someone tries to break India, should they be forgiven? They say they will end the sedition law, to whom are they giving a signal? If our government comes to power, we will make the sedition law even more stringent."A complaint has been filed against Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Agra for promising to scrap the law. Lawyer Narendra Sharma filed the complaint in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate and said that it will come up for hearing on April 16. (ANI)