Reacting to the reported criticism of Congress leader Shashi Tharoor by his own party for his move accepting the call by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on cleanliness drive and praising the campaign, the BJP today said good works should be appreciated cutting across the party lines.
Good works should be appreciated cutting across the party lines. Cleanliness drive is an issue related to every party. There is nothing wrong if Mr Tharoor has appreciated the cleanliness drive, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra told reporters.
He said this was the way (appreciating the good works of the government by the Opposition) the country’s politics should move on.
After Kerala Congress’ reported ‘warning’ against praising the Prime Minister, Mr Tharoor had asserted that his accepting the call by Mr Modi does not amount to an endorsement of the BJP agenda of Hindutva.
The former Union Minister said despite his support to the cleanliness campaign, he remained a ‘proud Congressman’.
As my #GandhiTweets indicate, the Mahatma stood not only for physical cleanliness but for cleanliness of mind, heart, soul, spirit, I therefore urge @PMOIndia to also work for an India cleansed of bigotry, hatred, intolerance & divisiveness, an India that is truly clean, Mr Tharoor tweeted today.
Responding to the Prime Minister’s call, Mr Tharoor had said he was honoured to accept the invitation to join clean India campaign but added that it has to be a sustained programme instead of ‘tokenism’.
Mr Modi had roped in nine people including Mr Tharoor to join in Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, launched on October 2, birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
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