Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar Monday said that India, Pakistan and Bangladesh could unite just like Germany’s reunification.
Describing Partition during Independence as “sad” and “painful”, the CM said, “Partition should not have happened… Lekin Congress ke kuch logon ko satta lene ki shayad jaldi thi… agar thoda sa chhod dete satta ko, toh aisa ho sakta hai ki 5, 10, 20 saal baad… Partition nahi hua hota (Some people in Congress maybe wanted to grab power quickly. If they had let go of some power, then it could have been possible that 5, 10 or 20 years later, Partition would not have happened). We want that we have good relations with our neighbours… East Germany aur West Germany ikathe ho sakte hain… toh Bharat, Pakistan, Bangladesh nahi ikathe ho sakte (East Germany and West Germany can unite, then can’t India, Pakistan and Bangladesh unite)?… it happened not that long ago… around 1990-91 I think. People came and tore down the [Berlin] Wall… so there are different ideologies.”
Khattar was speaking after inaugurating a three-day national training camp of the BJP’s Minority Morcha at BJP’s office in Gurgaon on Monday afternoon.
Hitting out at the Congress party for practicing ‘vote bank politics’, the Haryana CM said, “Ideologically, Congress had only one target… how to rule and how to use different sections of the society as a vote bank in order to rule. That is not the goal of BJP. If we also keep the target of only ruling, then we have done nothing for the country, people and the world. In Congress, it is only me, my house, my family, my grandson, my fraternity, my cast, my village, my bungalow… iske aage badte hi nhi (They don’t go beyond this). The goal of the BJP has been “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Vishwas.”
Khattar said that people from minority communities were given the ‘minority’ tag so they do not develop a feeling of insecurity.
“Partition was done on religious lines. People who chose to stay in this country… who said this country is their own… were given the ‘minority’ tag. The Constitution used this word, and Congress too, and we accepted it. How did this tag come? The idea was that there should be no misunderstanding or fear among these communities. There should be no feeling of insecurity and that they have an identity of their own.
Ek bhay Congress ne dikhana shuru bhi kia (Congress started creating a fear too…).” Khattar further said the Congress created a feeling of insecurity among the minorities by showing fear of the Sangh.
“The country and nation is our collective identity and to maintain this identity, we have to work with minority communities. This atmosphere of fear has to be removed. Congress scared people by the name of the Sangh… that Sangh toh khaa jaega, Sangh toh maar dega (Sangh will hurt you),” he said.
Khattar said that when BJP was voted to power in 2014, they gave an inclusive slogan ‘Haryana ek, Haryanvi ek’. “There is a district here, Nuh… Congress had tutored people there so much. We went there for a rally and I asked associates if I should say ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and if people would respond. I was told ‘ye nhi bolenge (they won’t say it)’. When I said ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’, the response was so loud that the echo reverberated through the skies (aakash goonj gya). Congress was pained that people in Mewat have started chanting ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’,” said Khattar.
He quipped that the BJP government has done so much development work in Nuh, that people have started asking him to contest elections from Punhana (in Nuh) instead of Karnal.
The CM also emphasised on the work the party and the government had been doing for minorities and marginalized sections of the society.
While talking of the time he spent in Jammu and Kashmir, Khattar said that “some leaders (foreign or from the Opposition) keep provoking (jo bhadkate rehte hein) to create instability”. “They said if you remove Article 370, then there will be arson (370 khatam kar doge toh ptani aag lag jaegi). Ek tinka toota kya (Was a straw broken?) Does anyone have any issue with the abrogation of Article 370 in Kashmir now?” he asked.
In a press release issued by BJP’s minority morcha, the CM said that in the country, a woman from the most backward section has become the President in a democratic manner, and that this was possible only in India. “While President Droupadi Murmu is taking oath here… at the same time there is chaos in Bangladesh and Pakistan… The President of a country is running away… There is no peace there. We want peace and tranquility,” he said.