India, Pakistan two sovereign nations, Ram Madhav has right to his own views: BJP

Ram Madhav had said that RSS believes that India, Pakistan and Bangladesh will one day reunite again not by war but through "popular goodwill".

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: December 28, 2015 7:24 am
Ram madhav, ram madhav comments, ram madhav news, ram madhav akhand bharat, ram madhav rss, bjp rss, rss news, bjp rss news, india news, latest news Ram Madhav, BJP National General Secretary. (Express photo by Ravi Kanojia)

A day after Al Jazeera played an interview of BJP general secretary Ram Madhav on how the RSS believes in Akhand Bharat with India, Bangladesh and Pakistan reuniting, the ruling party downplayed the remark. It said while he has a right to his own views, the party and the government are clear that India and Pakistan are two sovereign nations.

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Party spokesman M J Akbar recalled the speech of then Prime Minister A B Vajpayee in Lahore in 1999 in which the BJP leader had said that India and Pakistan negotiate as sovereign nations. “And that fact is a fact,” he said.

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He repeated the clarification Madhav had given on Saturday. “The general secretary”, he said, “was answering to a particular question… he has a right to his own views. But the government’s position requires no clarification.” Though the interview was recorded earlier, its broadcast coincided with the PM’s visit to Lahore.

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