New Delhi: The BJP was livid on Monday over NCP leader Sharad Pawar mocking a purported letter plotting the assassination of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and accusing the party of trying to gain sympathy, saying it didn't befit a senior leader to play politics over a serious issue.
"When a letter talking about a conspiracy to assassinate the Prime Minister is recovered... the country should condemn it in one voice.... Instead, a senior leader like Sharad Pawar says that this is being used for advertisement.... This is the lowest point of insensitivity and politics," human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar said.
Addressing a rally in Maharashtra on Sunday, Nationalist Congress Party chief Pawar had sought to play down the letter recovered by Pune police purportedly baring a Maoist conspiracy to assassinate Modi. The veteran leader said the BJP was fast losing support among the people and trying to use the "assassination story" to gain public sympathy, adding people would not fall for such tactics.
"They (the BJP) say there was a threat letter. I spoke to a retired police officer who had worked for the CID. He said there is no substance in the letter. The letter is being used to garner public sympathy," Pawar had told the rally.
"The BJP has realised they are losing popular support and so to gain sympathy they are now playing the threat letter card. However, I am sure people will not fall prey to such tactics," the NCP veteran had added.