Sushma Swaraj's dancing visuals spark controversy

Last Updated: Mon, Jun 06, 2011 17:01 hrs

New Delhi: Visuals showing top BJP leader Sushma Swaraj dancing at Mahatma Gandhi's samadhi Rajghat while on a protest sparked a controversy on Monday with the Congress accusing her of hurting the sanctity of the place.

Sushma defended her act saying she was dancing to the tune of patriotic songs to boost the morale of the cadres which is in keeping with the traditions of the party.

"What kind of fast is this when the Leader of the Opposition is dancing along with her friends at Gandhi's Samadhi," said Congress general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi while taking potshots at he BJP's 24-hour-long satyagraha that began on Sunday evening.

"What is it they are celebrating. Is the celebration for putting forward Anna Hazare on the one hand and Swami on the other as their mask?" quipped Dwivedi.

Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said, "For simple reason at the Samadhi of the Father of the Nation, if you are going to dance into jigs, what kind of sanctity of the place you are maintaining."

Responding to the criticism, Sushma tweeted: "This was around 2 in the morning. I stepped in for a brief moment to boost the morale of our Party workers."

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She said it was a tradition of the BJP to sing patriotic songs during all protests and senior party leaders also join in as "an expression of camaraderie" with the workers and to "keep up spirit" of the workers.

"In keeping with this tradition, I was asked to join in when party workers were singing and dancing to the song 'Ye desh he veer jawano ka'," she explained.

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