The Bharatiya Janata Party is cornered with latest allegations by Karuna Shukla, Congress Party leader and niece of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. BJP launched ‘Asthi Kalash Yatra’ in all states to immerse the ashes of Atal ji in all holy rivers across the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself handed out ‘asthi kalash’ to all the BJP state presidents.
This attendees to the event in New Delhi include Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s daughter Namitha Bhattacharya, cabinet ministers Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, national president of BJP-Amit Shah and senior members of the party.
But, taking a strong objection to the Yatra, Karuna Shukla alleged that BJP is using the death of Vajpayee ji for its political advantage. During a TV interview, Karuna said that ‘BJP is trying to earn the sympathy of voters by doing politics with Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s death. Till he (Atal) was alive, BJP used his name for the political gains. Now, they (BJP) are trying to gain political mileage with his death.’
Karuna Shukla, who was elected to Lok Sabha in 2004 from BJP, also found fault with the rallies conducted by BJP leaders with the ashes of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.