As the political battle intensifies, Kamal Kanta Batra, AAP candidate and mother of martyred Captain Vikram Batra participates in a war of words calling BJP's prime ministerial Narendra Modi a pseudo-patriot.
Batra who will be fighting the Lok Sabha elections from Palampur in Himachal Pradesh made the statement after Modi, who was rallying in her battle contituency, evoked her son in his speeches. He stuck to his speech at another rally, saying "Vikram Batra died for the country - he had said - yeh dil maange more. I say it too. I want all four seats in Himachal. I want 300 lotuses across India."
However, the Batra family clearly wanted to stay away from politics and politicisation of their matryr son's last words. "Modi was BJP prabhari (in-charge) for Himachal during the Kargil war and was very much in Palampur when Vikram died. Why didn't he visit us or any martyrs' family then? Why remember us after 15 years?," she told NDTV. She is pitted against the BJP's sitting MP Anurag Thakur and Rajinder Singh Rana, of the Congress.
Captain Vikram Batra's family had asked BJP to refrain from politicising martyrdom for electoral gains in the Lok Sabha Elections.. Captain Batra's family was not impressed at this usage of their son's name. "BJP must not drag his name into politics," said his father, GL Batra.