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‘Rahul should apologize for Azad, Soz’s statements’

Jammu, June 23: BJP President Amit Shah on Saturday lashed out at the Congress for what he called anti-national statements made by two of its senior leaders, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Saifuddin Soz, and demanded Congress President Rahul Gandhi should apologize. Addressing a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rally at the Parade Ground here, he accused Azad and Soz of making statements against the national interest.

“Our senior leaders like Syama Prasad Mookerji have given their blood for the integrity of the country,” he said, adding how Mookerjee, the founder of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, considered the forerunner of the BJP, had been arrested when he entered the state in 1953 and allegedly murdered in prison. Azad said recently that while the security forces in Kashmir killed one militant, they killed 13 civilians with him, while Soz, in his forthcoming book on Kashmir, said that the majority of Kashmiris want independence. (IANS)