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Nadda-led BJP trying to turn LAC clash to its advantage in MP bypolls, Bihar assembly polls



NEW DELHI: BJP is seeking to turn the border clash with China into an election issue ahead of the bypolls for 24 seats in Madhya Pradesh and the assembly elections in Bihar, just as it did with the Pulwama terrorist attack ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Party chief JP Nadda has been lashing out at Congress and the Nehru-Gandhi family, dubbing them pro-China, even as the Congress has been demanding that the BJP government come clean on the situation on the border and the hand-to-hand combat with the Chinese army on the night of June 15 that left 20 Indian soldiers, including a colonel, dead.

Nadda asked 10 questions to the Congress leadership on Saturday, ranging from the donation received from China for the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF) to trade relations with China during the tenure of the erstwhile UPA government.

On Sunday, BJP workers burnt effigies of Congress leader Kamal Nath across MP, alleging that during his tenure as commerce and industry minister, trade agreements were signed with China. “This is definitely going to be a big issue in bypolls,” former state BJP president Prabhat Jha told ET. “How can you give the state to someone who worked in China’s interest and killed the small and rural industries?”

“We will raise the issue of Congress disrespecting our armed forces and siding with China in upcoming elections,” Jha said. In Bihar, RJD is the main opposition party. However, by seeking to discredit Congress, BJP is trying to dent the entire opposition, which includes RJD. Senior BJP leaders such as deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi and state BJP president Sanjay Jaiswal have also been questioning the Chinese donation to RGF.

“We are not making it an issue. It is Congress which is asking questions and that makes them answerable to a few questions too,” Jaiswal said “They will have to clarify whether they stand with the country or with China. We are duty-bound to raise these issues.”


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