Refusing to comment directly on the remarks by BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj, who called Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a “true nationalist”, or MoS Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti’s “Ramzaade” versus “Haramzaade” comment, BJP president Amit Shah on Friday said his party MPs should exercise restraint and refrain from making such statements.
Shah said that as a BJP worker, he did not support such statements.
Reiterating his party colleague Venkaiah Naidu’s “demand”, Shah called for a law against forceful conversion and added that none of the “so called secular parties will come forth” to create such a law owing to “vote bank politics”.
“In this country, everyone has the right to express their views. As a BJP (worker), I do not subscribe to such views. (This) is not new. Everyone is free to keep his thought. But now we are in power. Therefore media stresses this. It is okay. Such things should be debated,” Shah said, speaking at Agenda Aaj Tak on Friday.
Calling love jihad a “media term”, Shah said it is, in fact, a law and order issue related to the harassment of women and needs to be dealt with by law.
Shah also said that his party would continue to make efforts to maintain alliances and expressed confidence that the party would win the J&K polls.
Shah said that the BJP was working towards a Congress-free India by 2019. He added that the only way to construct Ram Mandir is either through “public opinion” or a court order.