New Delhi: The Congress said on Tuesday that the BJP was âadoptingâ leaders like Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as its own participation in the freedom struggle was absent and accused the party of rewriting history.
The opposition partyâs criticism came on a day the government marked Patelâs birth anniversary with fanfare.Â Asked about the BJPâs charge that Patel was not given Bharat Ratna till a non-Congress government came to power,
The Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan said, âThis business of trying to adopt Congress leaders is a clear indication and admission by the BJP that their participation in the freedom struggle was not only missing but is totally out of context.â
âThey are now trying to adopt Congress leaders and trying to rewrite history,â he said.
Mr Vadakkan said if an award is given or not given that is history, âwe are into ground realityâ. âWhat did Sardar Patel Ji do and who did he ban, these are issues that are in public domain.â
âSardar Patel Ji is a Congressman, will remain in the hearts of people, awards do not matter for him,â he added.
The Congress leader also asserted that the party did not want certificatesÂ from anybody to celebrate their leaders.
âOur leaders have been there and they are Congress leaders. Let there be no misunderstanding about it,â he said.