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Jul 28, 2013 at 09:20am IST

BJP a bit intolerant in its urgency to come to power: Govindacharya

New Delhi: Former BJP ideologue KN Govindacharya slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party over the demand by BJP Rajya Sabha MP Chandan Mitra that the Bharat Ratna be taken back from noted economist Amartya Sen, after the Nobel laureate criticised Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

"Everybody has the right to express their opinion; there is nothing to get annoyed about it. This is a very petty issue, for people to say that his Bharat Ratna should be taken away," Govindacharya said.

Hitting out at BJP, Govindacharya said, "The BJP has become a bit intolerant in their urgency to come to power. Even the controversy over Modi's visa issue was avoidable. Why is his visa to USA very important? Does the White House hold the key to power in India?"

Sen had in an interview to CNN-IBN said that he did not want to see Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the prime minister of the country as Modi did not have secular credentials.

Responding to this, Mitra on Wednesday tweeted that the next National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government should strip Sen of the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, for the economist's comments slamming Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.