BJP chief Amit Shah has said that the party will tolerate sedition being camouflaged as freedom of speech.
Addressing the party’s national executive, he also urged the party workers to raise “awareness” across the country against “anti-national activities”.
“In the name of expression of freedom, the debate on anti-national slogans is being turned in another direction,” he said.
“Anti-national slogans were raised openly in the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University. It was not wrong on (Congress vice president) Rahul Gandhi’s part to go to JNU, but speaking in support of anti-national elements there can never be called right,” he said.
The BJP leader cited the Emergency and said the Congress had no right to lecture others when the party crushed the voices of the common people during the period.
He said the party supports freedom of expression, but conspiracy to break the unity and integrity of the nation will not be supported.
“So, after 68 years of freedom, the country will debate whether it should be chanted or not?” he questioned.
“The Left parties and the Congress are questioning our commitment to freedom of expression. Criticism of the party, leader and government is fully permissible but criticism of the nation shall not be acceptable,” Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad quoted the party chief as saying.