New Delhi: Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh on Tuesday claimed to have bills which prove that burqas and skull caps were bought specifically for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's recent rally in Jaipur.
He said, "This is the bill for the purchase of 10,000 burqas from Indore. Caps were also purchased from Lucknow for which I have requested the bill."
Refuting Digvijaya's allegations, BJP leader Kailash Vijaywarghi said the shop which issued the bill has denied selling burqas. "We have spoken to the shop that issued this bill, they have denied selling these burqas. They only issued an estimate when someone asked for it. This shows the extent to which Digvijaya Singh is willing to lie for vote bank politics."
Modi's Jaipur rally saw controversy over a purported direction by the Bharatiya Janata Party asking Muslims to come dressed in skull caps and burqas, with critics questioning the motive behind the "dress code".
The BJP had, however, claimed that the direction by its minority cell has been "misunderstood" and no distinction had been made on the basis of religion.
The BJP had claimed that the instruction was that any woman wearing burqa should not be stopped from entering the venue as, it alleged, was done at a Congress rally citing security reasons. "People were allowed to attend the (BJP) rally in their traditional dresses whether women were wearing burqa or jeans or men had "topi, safa, pagri" as headgear did not matter," party spokesperson Jyoti Kiran had said.
Another spokesman Vimal Katiyar said, "BJP Minority Morcha state President Ameen Pathan had directed in his recent meeting on the eve of rally that any woman wearing burqa should not be stopped and allowed to enter the women's blocks at the rally venue. "Same instructions were given for men wearing any headgear, topi, pagri, scarf. The entire subject was misunderstood and misinterpreted in media," he had said, adding SMSes were sent to party workers right from booth level to invite people to the rally.