BJP hits out at Congress over Digvijaya Singh's leaked comment on article 370text_fields
New Delhi: The BJP on Saturday took a jibe at Congress after an audio recording of senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, where he could be heard saying that the party could "relook" the revocation of Article 370.
In a leaked Clubhouse chat, Singh was found telling a Pakistani journalist that Congress would reconsider the decision of revoking Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir once they are in power and termed that stripping Jammu and Kashmir of statehood was "extremely sad".
He was responding to a question about the "way forward" on the issue once the Modi government is gone.
The audio leak led to a political furore with the BJP ministers taking to Twitter and accusing Congress in unison. BJP accused him of speaking against India and in agreement with Pakistan.
Amit Malviya, head of BJP's IT cell, shared the recording on Twitter and said: "In a Club House chat, Rahul Gandhi's top aide Digvijaya Singh tells a Pakistani journalist that if Congress comes to power they will reconsider the decision of abrogating Article 370… Really?"
Following Singh's remarks, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra accused the Congress party as a Clubhouse of anti-nationals and demanded statements from Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi on the issue.
Attacking him, Patra remarked that Digvijaya Singh is spitting venom on India and speaking in agreement with Pakistan. The BJP leader cited old comments of other Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi and Mani Shankar Aiyar, to allege that Singh's remarks were part of a larger pattern of the party being "hand in glove" with Pakistan.
He also said that this was all a part of Congress's toolkit which BJP exposed.
Meanwhile, Singh retorted to the criticism on Twitter and said: "Illiterates cannot understand the difference between shall and consider."
"This bunch of illiterate people cannot probably differentiate between 'shall' and 'consider'," the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister said.
Union ministers Giriraj Singh and Kiren Rijiju were among other BJP leaders who targeted the Congress in their tweets over the issue.
Singh alleged, "Congress's first love is Pakistan. Digvijaya Singh conveyed Rahul Gandhi's message to Pakistan. Congress will help Pakistan in grabbing Kashmir."