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Govt ready to discuss ‘intolerance’ issue if Oppn shows ‘tolerance’: Venkaiah Naidu

Contending that India is today the most favourite destination for investment, Naidu said some opponents had launched a "disinformation campaign" for political reasons.

By: PTI | Bengaluru | Published: November 13, 2015 4:21 pm
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Government is ready to discuss any issue in the Parliament including “intolerance”, if the opposition shows “tolerance” and allows the House to function, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said on Friday, asserting that Bihar poll result should not be construed as a “verdict to obstruct the Parliament”.

“You can discuss intolerance, provided you are tolerant and allow the Parliament to function. If you are tolerant and allow the Parliament to function, you can discuss intolerance and government has no problem in discussing any issue,” the Parliamentary Affairs Minister told reporters.

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Responding to a question on Opposition move to raise the “intolerance” issue during the Parliament session, he said, “Government has no problem at all in discussing any issue, every issue. Some people have already said as per the media that the Parliament will not be allowed to function. The verdict in favour of a party in a state is not a verdict to obstruct the parliament.”

“….we have to learn lessons…and make more progressive legislation and contribute to the growth of the country that is the message that has come. We have to understand in positive terms. I’m confident that at the end of the day people will discuss in the Parliament…,” he added.

Contending that India is today the most favourite destination for investment, Naidu said some opponents had launched a “disinformation campaign” for political reasons.

He said “they are intolerant towards the mandate of the people. They are spreading disinformation campaign by exaggerating and blowing out of proportion certain incidents that happened in some parts of the country. That too in Congress ruled states and states ruled by their friends.”

Naidu pointed out that rationalists M M Kalburgi was murdered in Congress ruled Karnataka, Narendra Dabholkar was killed during Congress rule in Maharashtra and Dadri incident happened under Samajwadi Party rule in Uttar Pradesh.

“So blowing things out of proportion they are thinking they are hurting Modi, but they are hurting the interest of the country, they should understand that,” Naidu said.

Refusing to comment on the Tipu Sultan Jayanti row in Karnataka, Naidu, also a member of Rajya Sabha representing the state, however, said bringing the city’s founder Kempegowda’s name into a controversy on the issue of naming Bangaluru international airport “is uncalled for”.

He said there had been two views about Tipu Sultan as some people admire him and some condemn him. “Let the peaceful debate go on, why should government get into it? That’s my view as Union Minister.”

“I was not particularity able to understand what is the immediate reason for this celebration (Tipu Jayanti) suddenly,” he added.

Asserting that a vast section of people are more concerned about development, Naidu said some incidents are being raked up now as if nothing similar had happened earlier.

Referring to imposition of Emergency, anti-Sikh riots, alleged incidents of harassment Dalits in some Congress ruled states and books of writers being banned, Naidu said “some people were silent then, but violent now”.

“As far as we are concerned any small incident happening anywhere in the country, we are very serious…,” he added.

Naidu said such a campaign will tarnish the image of the country and the state.

“You isolate them, condemn them, take action; don’t try to defame the nation because you want to target a leader whom you have not been able to fight politically,” he said.

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  1. C
    Nov 13, 2015 at 5:39 pm
    Yes Sir,,,,,Attention....Stand at ease....Attention...Stand at ease....Yes Sir....
    1. B
      Nov 13, 2015 at 9:58 pm
      This is BJP should have to come few months before, the result could have been different in Bihar election,, they should throw out the MP which are making stupid comments by saying them stani and crackers in stan etc they have to know that they are talking about INDIAN not about any other countries .. they ure that no one has rights to take law and order in hand and who do that punished hard !!! and work towards development .. we gave u these 5 years to work not for hide and seek game .. work hard and will elect u again !! warna G** per laath marker nikaal denge !!! anyhow we are seeing Nitish kumar as next PM if he do some good work during this period in Bihar ..
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        Arun K.
        Nov 13, 2015 at 11:53 pm
        Mr Naidu has a point. Almost everything that the opposition now rails against has happened during their time in power. But both the media and the opposition, especially the Congress party, are now blowing these incidents sky high for their not-so-secret self-serving reasons. But that course would not earn the media any brownie points, nor would it bring Rahul hi any closer o Delhi Darbar. Still, all said and done, the fact remains that the government has made a huge ber for ignoring these incidents. Modi, as the lead person on the center stage, had the duty to rebuke and repudiate the evildoers in full public view. He cannot, and should not, take hide behind legal jargon and technicalities that these incidents are state subjects. Peace and tranquility in the country is every citizen's concern - most of all of the honcho-in-chief.... Mrs Sunitha Kumar, USA
        1. A
          Nov 13, 2015 at 7:29 pm
          Kher's Tolerant India showed how tolerant half-pant Hitlers are. Let's see modi lecture the Brits on beef, Vedic science (remember Ganesh with elephant head) and the "need" of religious cleansing. A bunch of lying bigots. Indian Taliban.
          1. R
            Nov 13, 2015 at 5:08 pm
            Well said, Mr Naidu. You have summed up the points accurately. But I guarantee you not one fellow will respond to you intelligently or with facts. All the Modi haters will now start abusing you and the PM. Then they will say that we are intolerant.
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