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Manohar Parrikar’s ‘hell’ reference to Pak reflects BJP-RSS’ intolerance: Digvijaya Singh

Singh also questioned the basis on which a BJP leader in Karnataka had filed a sedition case against Congress leader Ramya.

Written by Harsha Raj Gatty | Panaji |
August 27, 2016 4:36:59 pm
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Stating that Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s ‘hell’ reference to Pakistan reflects intolerance of BJP-RSS, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh questioned why the BJP leader did not object to it when senior party leaders visited the country on earlier occasions.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited his counterpart Nawaz Sharif’s family function in Pakistan, L.K Advani kept a floral wreath at mazar of Mohammed Ali Jinnah and called him a secular leader, had no objection when former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajapayee went to Lahore via bus. Why didn’t he agitate then?” he said.

Singh questioned the basis on which a BJP leader in Karnataka had filed a sedition case against Congress leader Ramya. “Is saying ‘Pakistan is not hell, when people are living there’ – a seditious statement, How?” Digvijay Singh asked.

He also condemned Parrikar’s earlier comment against Bollywood actor Aamir Khan. “Parrikar’s behavior shows the intolerance of the BJP-RSS,” he said. He demanded that Parrikar prove his earlier allegation against Congress state government in Goa of indulging in Rs 35,000 crore mining scam and asked if Parrikar as per his promise has succeeded in returning it and what were the action taken.

Citing that the party did not want to politicise the leak of Scorpene submarine documents by foreign media, Digvijaya distanced himself on any comments on the issue.”I would not like to comment on sensitive security issues. But the government must investigate and find out how to go about, as the leaked documents would make our advanced submarines vulnerable,” he said

In terms of casino industry in the Goa, Singh said that while the party was not against the continuance of casino business in the state, which began in Goa during its tenure in the early 90’s, he said that if voted to power it will designate it to an alternative location. “We are not against casinos, but we will keep it away from Mandovi coast to an alternative location,” he said.

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