BJP has won first round of nationalism debate, says Jaitley, says Arun Jaitley

Jaitley also took a swipe at Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi who had visited JNU following an event where anti-India slogans had been raised.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: March 27, 2016 2:35 am
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay Saturday. (Source: PTI ) Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay Saturday. (Source: PTI )

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday said the BJP has won the “first round of the nationalism debate” in the country as, according to him, “people who raised anti-India slogans till now have been forced to say Jai Hind, if not Bharat Mata ki Jai”

Addressing the Executive Committee meeting of the BJP’s Delhi unit, Jaitley asked party members to treat these events as ideological battles. Saying the BJP was inspired by nationalism, he said, “People who talk about breaking the country into pieces, they call it freedom of speech. Neither the Constitution nor the law allows it. And this happened in the capital of the country”.

Taking a jibe at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for visiting JNU after “anti-national” slogans were allegedly raised during an event on campus, Jaitley said, “Some people are questioning the spirit of Savarkar’s nationalism, who inspired lakhs and crores of Indians. These very people are attending programmes of those who talk of breaking the country.”

Attacking the Congress, Jaitley said the party was “shrinking throughout the country” and voters were soon going to turn Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s slogan of a “Congress-free India” into reality.

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“Modiji once called for a Congress-free India. The Congress has already gone out of Arunachal Pradesh. It can lose its government in Uttarakhand any day. In the Kerala and Assam elections, there are clear signals that it will wind up. Indian voters will convert Modiji’s slogan for a ‘Congress-free’ India into reality. We are headed in that direction,” he said.

Comparing the Congress to the last batsman of a team, Jaitley said, “The Congress’ aim these days is to be at the tail-end of any political alliance. In Bihar, they allied with Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar. In Tamil Nadu, they are seeking seats from the DMK. Congress is the new tail-ender of every alliance. This is the state the Congress leadership has driven the party to.”

He also criticised the party for disrupting Parliament, describing its politics as that of a ‘fringe party’.

“Mainstream political parties practice mainstream politics. But Congress practices politics of a fringe party. Only fringe political parties work to stall the progress of the country,” he said.

Attacking the AAP government, Jaitley said the disillusionment against the Delhi government was rising and the BJP stood to gain from it. He said the “politics of theatrics” could only be practiced within limits.

“… All sections have started dissociating one after the other… and it is difficult to regain their support. The Congress is not in a position to gain from this and that is why this space is available to BJP in Delhi,” he said.

Jaitley said “attacking” the three opposition members in the Delhi Assembly was aimed at “throttling” the voice of democracy.

“… There cannot be a bigger attack on democracy and on one’s independence than attacking the opposition in Vidhan Sabha in Delhi for airing their views… ,” he said.

Jaitley said the AAP was a government of “confrontations rather than constructive work”.

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    Haradhan Mandal
    Mar 26, 2016 at 9:46 am
    IT has no ideology. It is a front ('Jan' sangh - 'sangh' for FRONT) for a (particular) caste organizations to fight elections. The caste organization keep doing INDIRECT false glorification (CASTE-SUPREMACIST) of there 'forefathers' in the name of glorification of 'Ancient' Bharat. Only ideology/agenda it has is to get in power by hook or by crook- and that can be a communal tactics in some place (MALDA/KERALA) and forming a coalition in another place (KASHMIR) . While it mocks one Mahadalit Manjhi (before NDA) and it agian embraces the same Mahadalit Manjhi (after NDA). While it opposed Mandal commission in 1980, it takes credit by saying its PM is an OBC in 2014. It burnt effigy of Babasaheb Ambedkar in 1950 and celebrates his birth anniversary in 2016.
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      Dkbose
      Mar 26, 2016 at 6:11 pm
      Hehe.. True.. RSS hindus went to brussels raped it in bombed n killed. Today RSS ppl killed a doctor in him home in frnt of his children. Peaceful ppl r so peaceful.. lol
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        Yeah
        Mar 26, 2016 at 1:29 pm
        And there are 100s of millions and millions ppl who love modi and India. They all have one thing in vommon - they all wish a developing india, united india. Why? Because they love their motherland. Start ng your bags buddy. Lol
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          Rabid.bruhmin
          Mar 26, 2016 at 10:51 am
          The day Arun JOOT-lie is exposed in DDCA SCAM, his nationalism will be laid bare.
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            MyTake
            Mar 26, 2016 at 8:50 am
            Beat the iron only when it is hot in order to shape it up!
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              MyTake
              Mar 26, 2016 at 9:03 am
              [....every bank branch will give Rs one crore loans to SC/STs and women to start big ventures and become big entrepreneurs. ]lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Very important step forward. Even if 50% succeeds they will make good for the rest in 5/6 years time. Plus this is better than giving bottle of liquor or television sets which now will look very cheap!!
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                MyTake
                Mar 26, 2016 at 9:07 am
                [..dian voters will convert Modiji’s slogan for Congress-free India into reality. We are headed in that direction,” Jaitley said.]lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Even a simple word when spoken by an honest and truthful person it has a potency and this is what is happening.
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                  Pransukh
                  Mar 26, 2016 at 2:56 pm
                  How true! Main stream political parties practice main stream politics...
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