New Delhi: Criticising Ghulam Nabi Azad’s remarks that the number of Hindu candidates inviting him for campaigning has reduced drastically, the BJP on Thursday accused the Congress of “demeaning and demoralising” Hindus and termed Azad’s comments as an “abuse”. Also Read - Virtual Rallies, Conferences: This is How BJP Plans to Celebrate First Anniversary of Modi Govt 2.0

Addressing an event of the Aligarh Muslim University in Lucknow on Wednesday, Azad apparently criticised the political climate under the BJP-led government, saying that the number of Hindu candidates of his party inviting him to campaign for them has reduced drastically in the past few years, asserting that people are “afraid” that it may adversely impact Hindu votes. Also Read - Congress to Hold Online Campaign on May 28 to Highlight People's Distress Due to COVID-19 Crisis

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said the simple reason behind fewer people calling Azad for campaigning is the falling stock of the Congress. Also Read - Borders Sealed, But Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari Crosses Into Haryana to Play Cricket

For this Azad has invented the Hindu-Muslim angle, he added.

“These are not ordinary words. It is an abuse for the country’s secular fabric and Hindus. It is yet another attempt by the Congress to demean and demoralise Hindus,” Patra told reporters.

He also rejected Azad’s allegation that the BJP is defaming the AMU and targeting Kashmiri students, saying if prayer meetings are held for terrorists then it will be condemned.

Three Kashmiri students of the AMU were suspended and booked for sedition last week for allegedly raising “anti-India” slogans and trying to hold a prayer meeting for Hizbul Mujahideen commander Manan Bashir Wani, who was killed in an encounter in north Kashmir.

The varsity revoked the suspension of two students on Tuesday.

Patra said Azad had earlier claimed that the Army kills more civilians in Kashmir than terrorists.

It seems he wants to campaign in Pakistan, the BJP spokesperson said.

He accused the opposition party of conspiring against Hindus and said its leaders have used terms like “Hindu Taliban”, “Hindu Pakistan” and “Hindu terrorists” in the past.

Patra also demanded a response from Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

The Congress will never use such remarks to refer to any other community, he said.

(With PTI inputs)