Victory for BJP in Kanhaiya speech, says Arun Jaitley

"A new trend has started. Some people want to hold an event to commemorate Yakub Memon and some to commemorate Afzal Guru. These people used to comprise a small section of jihadists and a big group of Maoists," said Jaitley.

Written by Ashutosh Bhardwaj | Vrindavan | Updated: March 7, 2016 8:59 am
arun jaitley, jaitley BJP fulfilled its “national responsibility and emerged victorious”, he said, referring to Kanhaiya’s speech without naming the JNU Student Union President.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Sunday said that the BJP was engaged in an “ideological battle” with JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, and that the student leader’s posturing after his release from jail was a “victory” for the party.

The senior BJP leader also cited several instances from history to make the point that it is the “historical tradition” of communist forces to “speak against the country’s interest” and “divide the country”.

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At the national convention of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha — BJP’s youth wing — here, Jaitley said: “A strange situation has emerged. A new chapter of this ideological battle has begun. Someone wants to hold a programme in the memory of Yakub Memon, someone wants to hold a programme in the memory of Afzal Guru. Who were they? A small section was of jihadis. A major section was of Maoists. Slogans were raised about dividing the country.”

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Taking a dig at Kanhaiya, he said, “Main vijay isliye manta hun, kyunki jo ek baar Bharat ke tukde tukde ke naare lagate hue jail gaye the, vo jab bahar aaye unhen to Jai Hind aur Tiranga dikhlakar unko bhashan dena pada. (I consider this our victory because a person, who was jailed for chanting slogans of dividing India, after being released has to say ‘Jai Hind’ and waves the Tricolour during his speech.) This was an ideological victory for us.”

Jaitley added that “it was the misfortune of this country” that Congress leaders “went to these people to express sympathy”. “It was never done by Gandhiji, it was never done by Nehruji, Dr Ambedkar never did it, it was never done by Indiraji or Rajivji,” he said. Describing this approach of the Congress as “intellectual hollowness”, he said it was the responsibility of every worker of the BJP to carry forward the ideological battle against divisive forces.

Saying that Communists had a divisive ideology with “no faith in parliamentary democracy”, Jaitley cited several instances from history.

“Whenever this country faced any challenge, the basic confrontation has been between nationalist forces and communist ideology. When Gandhiji was leading the freedom struggle, then the communist leaders of this country said that Gandhiji represented feudalist forces. When Gandhiji raised the slogan of Quit India, the communist party of that time completely opposed the freedom struggle. When Independence came, their ideology was that we don’t believe in democracy. Hence, communist ideology was that we will divide the country by violence and seize (power),” he said.

The Finance Minister quoted a speech of Dr B R Ambedkar before the Constituent Assembly on November 25, 1949. Urging BJYM chief Anurag Thakur to distribute copies of the speech, Jaitley quoted Ambedkar: “Everyone except the communists will embrace this Constitution because the foundation of the Constitution is parliamentary democracy, the ideology of the communists wants to seize power by violence.”

In the 1962 war, Jaitley said, the “communists said that China had not attacked, but it was India that had attacked. Hence, it is their historical tradition to speak against the country’s interest”.

“When the emergency was imposed”, Jaitley continued: “The CPI was the only political party that had supported the Emergency. Democracy was being throttled, and they had no faith in democracy.”


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  1. S
    Mar 6, 2016 at 12:27 pm
    and zero common sense and intellectual capacity.
    1. S
      Mar 7, 2016 at 9:18 am
      Strange to see just after budget u comment on JNU rather than talking to ppl about Budget.'s like JNU is more important than National Budget. .if you ask common man..they don't give sit abt abt budget. .already so many ppl doing speach now days...Go talk to farmers hope this year we get Zero suicidal case..if not then your budget is Anti National.You ppl made kanhaiya national hero for no reason...
      1. S
        Mar 6, 2016 at 12:48 pm
        Very true
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          IML sood
          Mar 6, 2016 at 11:04 am
          Well said Minister,this is real pity that they born and claim themselves as Indian citizen but bent upon to break it for their narrow selfish gain. Examples are many where Cong,CPM!cPI,RJP,JDU,,NCP,AAP are raking up illogical issues are trying to get foot hold on places they have bee on routed out.They are well aware that in their such attempts they are pampering anti nationals to break India for their narrow vote politics.Should we not be determined to destroy their evil intention towards our Motherland? Also to be aware of the misinformation and bias reporting of t our sod out media houses being led by NDTV/HT.
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            Kaushal Adhikari
            Mar 7, 2016 at 11:36 am
            Jaitley Sahab DCCA ghotale ke bare mein baat kijiye, kadodo ke bank loan maaf karne ke bare mein baat kijiye, desh ki aarthik shi ke bare mein baat kijiye, Kala Dhan vapas lane ke bare mein baat kijiye, retired logon ke pension per tax lagane ke bare mein baat kijiye. Ek cheez go ki faarzi saabit ho chuki hai aur ek aam chatra neta ko lekar itna bawal kyon macha rahi hai aap ki aacche din lane wali party. Kap tak is desh ki janta ko bewakof banate rahenge is desh ke rajneta.
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