BJP objects to PM 'praising' British rule in India

BJP objects to PM 'praising' British rule in India
New Delhi, Jul 9 (PTI) Criticising Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for "praising" British rule in India as "good governance", BJP today demanded an "apology" from him over his "insulting statement" and questioned whether Congress party and its President Sonia Gandhi approved of his views.

"No Indian can describe the British rule in India as good governance as it was full of atrocities and barbarism," BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said in a statement here today.

"Describing British rule in India as good governance is an insult to crores of Indians, particularly freedom fighters who shed their blood to gain freedom for the country," he said reacting to Singh's statement in London.

Singh, while receiving the Honorary Doctorate at Oxford University yesterday, had said that even at the height of the campaign for freedom from colonial rule "we did not entirely reject the British claim to good governance. We merely asserted our national right to self governance." "He (Singh) is the first Prime Minister to praise British colonialism... His statement is insulting. He must apologise to the nation," the BJP leader said.

He said Congress party and Gandhi should also make it clear that whether the statement is "part of change in their policies." "Congress and Gandhi should say how much they support the Prime Minister's view," Naqvi said, insisting that the statement had created "confusion and doubt" among the public.

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