Bahari-Bihari jibe was at Rahul Gandhi: Amit Shah


BJP president Amit Shah faced a lot of bouncers at the India Today conclave question hour on the burning questions of the day, and some would say he batted with aplomb, though he did leave a few deliveries. To start with, the patriotism, sedition and ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ debate,  he felt  that 99 per cent is with us, so how can we  leave it to the one per cent to disrupt the country? He shrugged off the Kailash Vidyarthi ‘send them to Pakistan’ comments saying it was inconsequential and was even lenient with MIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi, saying he may no t be a desh drohi.

The JNU debate, though, was a different matter, with Shah insisting that the fact that the event took place on February 9, the death anniversary of Parliament attack convicted Afzal Guru, was itself seditious. The majoritarian impulse, questions on the PDP-BJP alliance in Kashmir, nothing could make him back off on this.  Indeed, on the last, he flipped the question back to ask why the Congress had tied up with the Muslim League in Kerala for so long. Which got a strong comeback from Shashi Tharoor, who educated the BJP president on how this wasn’t the India splitting Muslim League but a new version founded after independence in 1948 in Kerala which had been part of many secular governments, one of the few mis-steps Shah made throughout his combative interview.


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