Freedom of expression gives no right to destroy nation, says Arun Jaitley

"We stand fully committed as far as the agenda of governance is concerned with reference to J&K," Jaitley said.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: March 20, 2016 7:07 pm
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Amid a controversy over the recent JNU row, the BJP on Sunday said freedom of expression does not give a right to call for the country’s destruction, with the issue finding a pride of place in the political resolution adopted at its National Executive meeting here.

The issue of nationalism continued to take the centre stage in the deliberations after party chief Amit Shah set the tone in his inaugural address yesterday saying BJP will not tolerate any attack on the nation, with the dominant mood in BJP being to put the Congress in a corner on the issue.

Briefing the media on the resolution, Union Minister Arun Jaitley said “freedom of expression and nationalism do necessarily co-exist” and the Constitution gives full freedom for expressing dissent and disagreement, but not the country’s destruction.

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The Finance Minister, a key party strategist, also targeted Congress over its political strength, saying the main opposition party has “lowered” its stature and was “content to be a tailender of any alliance” in states like Bihar, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu.

Though issues of government formation in Uttarakhand, where Congress government is facing rebellion in its ranks, and Jammu and Kashmir did not come up for discussion at the meet, Jaitley said the resolution emphasised the party’s commitment to the ‘agenda of governance’ in J&K.

Talks between BJP and PDP for reviving their coalition government in the J&K have fallen through but the saffron party has insisted that its doors are not shut on its former partner but it will have to stop putting more conditions.

“There was a time when the country was being governed without any sense of direction. There was uncertainty and lack of purpose. Now we have a government with a determined leadership, nationalist policies and progressive governance,” Jaitley said.

The resolution also spoke about economically and socially inclusive policies of the government, its thrust on infrastructure development and good governance, he said.

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    Hari
    Mar 20, 2016 at 10:33 am
    What is anti national? Looting the country through mega scams like 2G, Coalgate, etc., supporting terror elements like Afsal Guru, Yakub Memon, instigating traitors like Knahaiya at JNU to raise slogans against the nation, allowing illegal migrants from Bangladesh and turning them as terror elements and party votebank, bringing an Italian lady from unknown background - without any qualifications, and giving her the control of the nation, blocking the Parliement through muscle power - All these are certainly anti national acts. In short, present day Congress Party is anti national.
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      IndianDemocacy
      Mar 20, 2016 at 12:48 pm
      Interesting. The only people who have actually succeeding in destroying the country are the politicians who continue to swindle the nation. "Patriotism is the last refuge of the Scoundrel" Samuel Jackson.
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        Peter
        Mar 20, 2016 at 11:17 pm
        And, people with dictorial statement like you, cannot destroy the freedom of speech. You cannot fix the economy yet. Instead cutting pension people's interest rates and still blames congress regime ?
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          Asma
          Mar 20, 2016 at 1:00 pm
          No doubt, you need a brain-wash
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            Asma
            Mar 20, 2016 at 11:05 am
            Unnecessarily a 'created issue' called 'nationalism' is before the public. Right to destroy the nation has been taken up by a group of mentally charged people !!
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              Asma
              Mar 20, 2016 at 11:06 am
              killing the father of the nation too ???
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                Asma
                Mar 20, 2016 at 1:00 pm
                you need a brain-wash
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                  Asma
                  Mar 20, 2016 at 1:00 pm
                  you need a brain-wash.
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                  1. শৌনক বসু
                    Mar 21, 2016 at 5:04 am
                    Criticism of your country / government has got nothing to do with disprespecting your country. We need to wake up and smell the coffee...
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                      Deeply Concerned
                      Mar 20, 2016 at 11:23 pm
                      Andha bakht
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                        Deeply Concerned
                        Mar 20, 2016 at 11:19 pm
                        Having realised that Rath Yatras, Ram Mandirs, Beef cutlets etc have all become stale and irrelevant, the brainless think tank, is coming up with stupid definitions of nationalism. The birth of BJP was from RSS ideology which betra the Indian freedom fighters by acting as informers of the British. RSS has the blood of innocent Indian freedom fighters in its hand and it cannot rewrite history. The nation doesn't need an answer for loser Jaitley
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                          babu
                          Mar 20, 2016 at 12:16 pm
                          But you have freedom to steal
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                            BharatK
                            Mar 20, 2016 at 10:12 am
                            "but not the country’s destruction." Jaitley also said this. Why NOT highlight this?
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                              BharatK
                              Mar 21, 2016 at 7:41 am
                              Any one want to DESTRY Bharat/India is an ENEMY of our country. That criminal MUST be punished harshy.
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                                Kabir
                                Mar 20, 2016 at 9:02 am
                                What happened to the agenda of black money in 100 days? Non committed any more?
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                                  Kabir
                                  Mar 20, 2016 at 11:22 am
                                  Why doesn't a finance minister focus on finance and PM gets a better home minister than what we have today
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                                    KS KUMAR
                                    Mar 20, 2016 at 2:45 pm
                                    Anybody is better than Shivraj Patil who was only interested in his attire, or Sushil Kumar Shinde, who could not administer his own Home or Chidambaram who was interested to am wealth for his family and manite records as per wish of Sonia and Rahul.
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                                      KS KUMAR
                                      Mar 20, 2016 at 2:46 pm
                                      It was created by Rajiv hi to divert from Shah Bano issue.
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                                        m
                                        Mar 20, 2016 at 11:53 am
                                        Father ??? born now after the nation is inn existing for 1000 of years .. this is wrong thinking or brain washing
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                                          m
                                          Mar 20, 2016 at 12:01 pm
                                          some people blame gabdhi for dividing the nation -- a nation is always important that a mortal human made of earthern elements
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                                            m
                                            Mar 20, 2016 at 11:55 am
                                            this is political resolution of a political party not of a govt --please try and understand the difference
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