A video purportedly showing two ministers in the BJP-ruled Chhattisgarh laughing during a condolence meet for paying homage to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today went viral on social media.
The video showed state Agriculture Minister Brijmohan Agrawal and Health Minister Ajay Chandrakar talking to each other and laughing while sitting on the stage.
The meet was held yesterday after ashes of the late BJP stalwart were brought here for immersion in major rivers. The video purportedly also showed a laughing Chandrakar slapping the table in front of him.
State BJP chief Dharamlal Kaushik is seen grabbing Chandrakar’s hand, to indicate that they should not laugh. Chief Minister Raman Singh was also present at the meet.
Opposition Congress slammed the two ministers after the video attracted attention on social media.
“The top BJP leadership had been ignoring Atal ji when he was alive. Now this act of senior BJP ministers has clearly shown how much respect they have for their veteran leader,” said state Congress general secretary Shailesh Nitin Trivedi.
“This act is highly objectionable,” Trivedi added.
“If BJP leaders cannot respect Atal ji, then they should not at least disrespect him. BJP and Raman Singh’s (expression of) love and respect for Atal ji after his death is nothing but just a show and drama,” he said.
Kaushik, the state BJP chief, or other senior leaders of the party in the state could not be contacted for comments.