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Jul 16, 2013 at 01:52pm IST

Minorities do not need Congress to do their thinking: Javed Akhtar

New Delhi: In the backdrop of the war of words between the Congress and the BJP over secularism and communalism, Rajya Sabha MP Javed Akhtar has came out stongly against divisive politics. Speaking with IBN18 Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai, Akhtar said people do not need the Congress to tell 'kutte ka bacha' is an indecent remark.

During the debate, senior journalist Prabhu Chawla slammed the Congress for their strategy to frighten allies by using sentence out of context and fighting allies who would NDA later on. "The Congress suspect that they are losing allies so they want to drive away allies," he said.

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In retaliation, the Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said allies have a mind and they are not children. "Allies have a mind, political constituency, history or tradition. They are not children."

Akhtar expressed shock over the conversation and said it seems as if "the Congress has some kind of remote control over the minorities and when they will the minorities to get concerned, they will be concerned". He said minorities do not need political parties to do their thinking. "Does anybody need the Congress to tell that 'kutte ka bacha' is an indecent remark," he asked.

He also added that minorities overwhelmingly believe that the Congress is not doing enough to protect them and they do not need the Congress to tell them what should they think.

Defending Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said, "Modi must mind his words but oh God the Congress has...It's always known that it's in the Congress' DNA to make such kind of statements. I think we should stop somewhere."

Modi has sparked a controversy after his 'puppy' remark over the 2002 Gujarat riots, 'Hindu nationalist' and 'burqa of secularism' comments.

Modi had said the government hides behind the veil of secularism whenever India faces any problem. "Congress always wears the burqa of secularism whenever they face problem. In the name of secularism, the Congress government can't play with poor, teenagers and daughters of the country," Modi had said.

Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh hit out at Modi and had said, "I want to know what is the definition of secularism according to Modiji. One religion, one culture, one nation is the definition of secularism according to the RSS and Advaniji. Modiji should clarify what is his definition of secularism."