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We Respect Everyone Who Fought for Freedom; Patel Belongs to India, Not Any Party: BJP

Taking a swipe at Priyanka Gandhi, BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain wondered if her comments were motivated by 'jealousy' as Congress never organised any notable event to commemorate Patel's birth anniversary.

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Updated:October 31, 2019, 7:09 PM IST
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We Respect Everyone Who Fought for Freedom; Patel Belongs to India, Not Any Party: BJP
File photo of BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain.

New Delhi: Hitting back at Priyanka Gandhi Vadra after the Congress leader accused it of trying to appropriate Sardar Patel, the BJP said on Thursday that it respected everyone who fought for India's freedom, unlike her party which remembered only those leaders who "belonged" to the Nehru-Gandhi family.

Taking a swipe at the Congress leader, BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain wondered if her comments were motivated by "jealousy" as her party never organised any notable event to commemorate Patel's birth anniversary.

Stalwarts like Mahatma Gandhi and Sardal Patel belonged to a different Congress which has undergone several splits and changed many symbols, he said.

"The stalwarts of this Congress are Sonia Gandhi and P Chidambaram. The Congress during the freedom struggle had everyone in its ranks who wanted to fight for India's independence. It had leaders who were vehemently opposed to Jawaharlal Nehru. Gandhi had said after Independence that the Congress should be dissolved," he told reporters.

"Priyanka Gandhi should know that Patel does not belong to a party but to the country. He is a Bharat Ratna. We respect everyone who fought for India's freedom. We are not selective like the

Congress which remembered leaders only from a family and named institutions, places and schemes only after Nehru, Indira and Rajiv Gandhi," Hussain added.

The Congress general secretary had earlier said she felt happy seeing the BJP's attempts to appropriate Patel, a Congress leader, as it showed that the saffron party did not have a great freedom fighter of its own.

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