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06 July 2012

Madhya Pradesh Congress hails BJP senior minister for eulogising Sonia's 'spirit of sacrifice'

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By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) has welcomed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled state Government's senior minister's statement eulogising All India Congress Committee, (AICC), president Mrs. Sonia Gandhi for her "spirit of sacrifice" in renouncing the Prime Minister's chair following the Lok Sabha elections in 2004.

MPCC's Media Department chief Manak Agarwal in a press release hailed the Madhya Pradesh Urban Development Minister Babulal Gaur's reported statement on Tuesday even though the BJP is feeling shy to acknowledge Mrs. Gandhi feat of sacrifice.

Mr. Agarwal said that BJP and all constituents of the NDA are squirming at the revelations made out by former President of India APJ Abdul Kalam's book 'Turning Points' in his book that he was ready to swear in Mrs. Sonia Gandhi as Prime Minister in 2004 without any hesitation despite intense political opposition from some quarters on the issue of her foreign origin.

However, veteran state BJP leader and Minster Babulal Gaur, who is also ex-Chief Minister of the state, has come forward boldly to concede the magnanimity of Mrs. Gandhi of side-stepping and recommending the name of Dr. Manmohan Singh for the Prime Minister's post as revealed in Dr. Abdul Kalam's book, Mr. Agarwal stated.

Mr. Agarwal hoped that the example put forward by Mr. Gaur's acceptance of truth in acknowledging Mrs. Gandhi's "spirit of sacrifice" would be emulated by other BJP leaders at the national and state level to call spade a spade.

It may be pointed here that earlier in the day while interacting with media persons the Madhya Pradesh minister Babulal Gaur praised Congress chief Mrs. Sonia Gandhi for her "spirit of sacrifice". in a statement that may not go down well with his party BJP.

Mr. Gaur said: "At a time when people are ready to do anything for power and post, Mrs. Sonia showed her spirit of sacrifice by rejecting the PM's chair in 2004,"

Referring to the excerpts from the book, Mr. Gaur had said it would have been better if Mr. Abdul Kalam had given a detailed account of the manner in which Sonia Gandhi had renounced the Prime Ministerial chair to make way for Dr. Manmohan Singh.

It may be recalled here that ahead of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, Gaur had ruffled some feathers in BJP by his remark that it would not come to power in the state and finish third or fourth in the seats tally.

Meanwhile, Dr. Abdul Kalam's revelation had come in for scathing criticism by JD(U) president and NDA convenor Sharad Yadav who on Sunday hit out at the former President, saying his "conscience has woken up late".

"His (Mr. Abdul Kalam’s) conscience has woken up late. It is for self-aggrandisement. We used to respect him a lot but now are very saddened after such comments," Mr. Yadav had said. 

[Pervez Bari is a senior Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

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