The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
On BJP MP’s Arrest
The arrest of BJP MP, Babu Bhai Katara, in attempting to smuggle out a woman and a boy to Canada is a shocking and disgraceful incident. The fact that Katara was using the diplomatic passports issued to his wife and son for this mercenary purpose reflects badly on his status as a parliament member and his party.
Stringent action should be taken under the law against the MP who also happens to be a Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader in Gujarat. As for the Bharatiya Janata Party, it should come to terms with the reality. This episode has come soon after six of its MPs were expelled from parliament for accepting bribes for questions. The BJP, instead of talking about its clean image and “su-raj” should ponder why it has become a refuge for venal and corrupt people.