BJP leader and movie star, Manoj Tiwari is having to face the ire of people and opposition leaders after he was spotted campaigning for the upcoming elections in army uniform. The opposition have accused the BJP of politicising the valor of the army by indulging in such antics.
In a scathing tweet, Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Derek O’Brien said Tiwari was “insulting” and “politicising” the country’s soldiers. “Shameless. Shameless. Shameless. Manoj Tewari BJP MP and Delhi President wearing Armed Forces uniform and seeking votes. BJP-Modi-Shah insulting and politicising our jawans. And then giving lectures on patriotism. Low life,” he wrote.
Other people on social media also hit out at the BJP leader for donning the camouflage during election campaign.
@AmitShah must ensure Manoj tiwari is severely reprimanded for doing this. The use of armed forces for political purposes should be condemned.
— Mohan Raghav (@camohanraghav) March 4, 2019
Mr Manoj Tiwari You are
Playing with people and Armed forces sentiments
For election gains.These acts are going against BJP
— JASPAL SINGH (@jscldh) March 4, 2019
Celebs like Manoj Tiwari, Hema Malini, Siddhu, Shatrughan Sinha are disgrace. The greed to get quick votes by adding these people have harmed BJP more than helping it.
— Rahul Raj (@bhak_sala) March 4, 2019
Manoj Tiwari Delhi BJP President wearing Indian Army uniform and campaigning for political gain….. shame on BJP pic.twitter.com/l3zFGvol3r
— Rajesh Lilothia (@RajeshLilothia) March 3, 2019
However responding to the criticism, Tiwari said,
“From time to time, I wear armed forces’ caps, t-shirts. I feel proud to wear it and to respect the armed forces is patriotism. The people of the country are proud to wear it,” Tiwari who was wearing an Army t-shirt told ANI.
Attacking the opposition parties, Tiwari claimed that those criticizing him were people who “do not love the country and respect the armed forces”, adding that the people of the country will give a “befitting response”.
Asked whether donning Army colour clothes is an offence, the Delhi BJP chief replied, “No, it’s not. At this time, it is the colour of patriotism. Not only me, 125 crore Indians wear it and they feel proud.”
Responding to Opposition’s allegations of trying to politicise the airstrikes on JeM terror camp in Pakistan, Tiwari said, “This is their pain. They were in power for a long time and did not do any airstrikes. When they (IAF) went, there were so many dangers, including whether they will return safely or not. We are backing our forces to boost their morale.” “Our country comes first, then party and then us,” he added.
On Sunday, Tiwari defended his move of wearing an Army jacket, saying he was expressing his solidarity. He questioned that if he wore a Nehru jacket in the future, then would it be an insult to the nation’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
“I wore simply because I felt proud of my Army. I am not in Indian army but I was expressing my feeling of solidarity. Why should it be treated like an insult? I have the highest regard for our Army By logic tomorrow If I wear a Nehru Jacket will it be an insult to Jawaharlal Nehru?” the actor-turned-politician tweeted.