Following the reverses in the by-polls, the Centre-ruling Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday distanced itself from the controversial ‘love jihad’ campaign. The spokesperson of BJP Sambit Patra said, “As far as ‘love jihad’ is concerned, it may have been raised by a few local leaders but the BJP as a party has never endorsed it”.
“The accusation by our opponents that we try to polarise votes as an election strategy was laid to rest in the Lok Sabha elections, when people emphatically rejected the claim that BJP is not a secular party and hence should not be voted to power”, added the spokesperson.
Earlier, Congress had attacked BJP on the failure of ‘love jihad strategy. “It is a defeat of Yogi Adityanath’s brand of communal politics. ‘Love jihad’ is an insidious, orchestrated strategy to divide communities with the backing of the RSS. But the defeat of eight sitting BJP MLAs in Uttar Pradesh signals a dramatic reversal of people’s view on the Hindutva agenda persued by it,” said Sanjay Jha of Congress.