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Cong takes potshots at BJP leaders' singing session

Source: PTI
February 18, 2010 21:31 IST
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The Congress on Thursday took a jibe at Bharatiya Janata Party leaders for singing songs during a cultural evening after their national executive in Indore, saying they have "no serious job left".

"They are doing it because they is no serious job left for them to do now. But there is nothing wrong if they are engaged in entertainment. For some time at least, they are not busy in dividing people in the name of religion," party spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed said.

The party's reaction came after BJP leaders, including its President Nitin Gadkari, sang songs from Hindi films at a cultural programme on Wednesday evening, after their national executive meet.

Gadkari had chosen a Manna Dey song, 'Zindagi kaisi yeh paheli hai, kabhi yeh rulaaye kabhi yeh hasaaye' from Hrishikesh Mukherjee's popular movie 'Anand', much to the amusement of the audience.

Asked whether the BJP president's visit to the birthplace of the Dalit icon B R Ambedkar and his having lunch at the home of a Dalit leader is an imitation of Rahul Gandhi's visits to Dalit homes, Ahmed said, "If an elderly man (Gadkari) does some good work taking inspiration from a youth leader (Gandhi), there is nothing bad in it."

"BJP is a party which divides society but if this party is taking inspiration from our youth leader, we welcome it," he added. 

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