BJP leader Manoj Tiwari, pummeled by opposition parties for wearing military fatigues to a political rally on Saturday – seen as an unsubtle move to cash in on the recent confrontation with Pakistan after the Pulwama attack – said today that he often wears military clothes and it is something he does with pride. He sought to make that clarification lounging in a camouflage T-shirt at his home in Delhi.
“From time to time, I wear armed forces caps, t-shirts. I feel proud to wear it, to respect the armed forces is patriotism. The people of the country are proud to wear it,” said Manoj Tiwari, the chief of the BJP in Delhi.
On Saturday, he addressed a rally wearing an army jacket. He was addressing the Delhi event of the BJP’s nationwide “Vijay Sankalp bike rally”, which had various party leaders riding bikes to reach out to people ahead of the national election due by May. BJP chief Amit Shah launched the rally in Madhya Pradesh’s Umaria and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman did so in Delhi.
Manoj Tiwari was blasted by the opposition, which accused him of “shamelessly” exploiting India’s air strikes across the Line of Control and the aerial confrontation with Pakistan last week.
“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.