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The people will decide whether Article 370 has benefitted them or not: Rajnath Singh

"We do not want to get public support by creating fear, but by winning their hearts,’’ Singh said.

Written by Arun Sharma | Bhaderwah | Updated: November 19, 2014 7:47 pm
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at a press conference in New Delhi (Photo: PTI) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at a press conference in New Delhi (Photo: PTI)

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said that Bharatiya Janata Party only want discussion on Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and its final decision rests with the people.

Criticising political opponents of trying to create misconception about BJP by raking up Article 370, he said that “It is being said that BJP will repeal Article 370…they have been asking BJP to clear its stand on it,’’ Singh said a public rally here. “We want discussion on it…what objection you have?’’ Singh asked, adding “whether people in a democracy do not even have the right to talk about it. The people will decide whether Article 370 has benefitted them or not’’.

Rajnath Singh was accompanied by L-G Najeeb Jung and Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi.(Source: PTI) Rajnath Singh was accompanied by L-G Najeeb Jung and Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi.(Source: PTI)

In this context, he referred to the state government’s refusal to implement provisions of 73rd amendment of the Indian Constitution empowering elected panchayats in the state like elsewhere the country. “However, I assure you that if BJP government comes in the state, we will implement 73rd amendment…The Panchayati Raj institutions in the state will be strengthened,’’ he added.

“We do not want to get public support by creating fear, but by winning their hearts through love and affection and by creating trust among them,’’ Singh said. In this context, he referred to Peoples Conference leader Sajjad Lone, adding that “some separatists who used to defame BJP have been compelled by people’s faith in our government to change their thinking’’.

Pointing out that sometimes, these people also raise Kashmir issue so as to create misconception among people about the BJP, Singh asked “whether we do not have love and affection for the Valley. Criticising political opponents of creating divide between Jammu and Kashmir regions, he reminded people that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and many union ministers reached there during floods. “Had government gone there, if we had to do politics?’’ he asked. He said that politics shall not be played on the basis of caste or religion, but on the basis of justice and humanity. Prime Minister Narendra Modi showed magnanimity in offering help even to the people of Pakistan occupied Kashmir during floods.

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    Anirudh Rai
    Nov 19, 2014 at 1:51 pm
    WOw ..Every day they Take U turns....Believe Me This BJP Govt. is going to be a Black Chapter in Indian politics history.......I voted for Modi ji in LS elections just coz of his Manifesto promises. Sir plz don't project urself as Stage Show Man. Be Concentrate & work towards fulfillment of ur promises.
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      josanachodhri
      Nov 19, 2014 at 1:01 pm
      Police, Hong Kong activists clash; 4 arrested :vishwagujarat/en/in...
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        mukesh kale
        Nov 19, 2014 at 2:01 pm
        Good show.I had posted that only he deserves Home.
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          indian
          Nov 19, 2014 at 10:39 pm
          Raj Nath Singh,is not only a sincere and astute politician,but also a mature Home Minister who fosters trust and harmony between all sects and sections,religions and cles of Indian society.What a dream team of honest,truthful and sincerely loyal PM and his colleagues aredia has it's best govt ever,a uniting force of good people with sincere intentions,to be fair and just to all Indians.They are doing what they say.No lip service for 67 years that Con-gress chors deluded us with and did nothing for Muslims but distanced them from Hindus.BJP is visibly and sincerely but without propaa engaging Muslims as Indians who have equal rights;contrary to Congress atude of maklng them feel like victims.By blaming RSS and BJP,Congress got away with spreading fear amongst Muslims,but did nothing to alleviate their suffering.Congress is bad for India and Indians.Eradicate and eliminate this scourge like small pox.Congress has been and is India's Ebola.
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            sacchadesi
            Nov 19, 2014 at 4:47 pm
            So what's keeping BJP from talking about it? They have been saying that we should talk about it for ever. They AVE been talking about it since begining of the year.That's the problem. BJP only talks and talks. Promises after promises. Talks and talks. This is reaching ridiculous proportions and people are laughing about it now, instead of getting interested anymore.
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