New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday took a dig at the BJP over theatre personality Amir Raza Husain quitting the party as its vice president over "intemperate remarks" of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Referring to BJP vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and party MP Shahnawaz Hussain, Tewari said, "Amir Raza Husain could say/do the right thing. Wonder why all former socialists who joined BJP quiet? Where do Shahnawaz-ji and Naqvi-ji stand."

Tewari said that Amir Raza Husain's resignation should act as a "lightning bolt of introspection" for other BJP leaders with erstwhile socialist predilections." In the 1990s, a large number of former socialists decided to abandon the cloak of socialism and donned clothes of communalism. Now they occupy important positions in the BJP. I was just wondering why their conscience has not been stirred," he said.

Amir Raza Husain resigned on Tuesday after he slammed Modi's remarks about the Congress hiding behind a burqa (veil) to cover its failures and the Gujarat Chief Minister's reference to a "puppy" in response to a question on the 2002 riots in Gujarat. He said such remarks cannot draw support from the minority community.


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