A few hours earlier, PM had criticized the “unacceptable” comments of J&K former CMs | India News
Hours before former CMs Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah were reserved under the Public Security Act at the end of their six-month detention, Modi quoted Mufti as saying: “Humne jis desh ke saath rahne ka faisla kiya, us ne dhokha kiya hai .. aisa lagta hai humne 1947 mein galat chunav kiya tha (The country we decided to stay with has betrayed us, it seems we made a wrong decision in 1947). ”
Then he added: “How can anyone support such a statement … has the Constitution fooled it?” He criticized the former CM for his comments on the disposal of the special state of the state.
In stating that Kashmir was the “crown jewel” of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: “My government has driven development in Jammu and Kashmir. We had faith in the people of the Valley, but the leaders of the state did not They had “.
Modi said that Kashmir’s identity was buried on January 19, 1990 when Kashmir Pandits began to leave the Valley due to militancy. He said Ladakh would develop as a carbon neutral Union territory. Modi also said that those who oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Law that seeks to grant Indian citizenship to minorities in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh agreed with the “tukde-tukde” gang.
“What Pakistan has been trying for decades, Congress is creating a hypothetical fear … Those who oppose the law are seen clicking with the tukde-tukde gang,” the prime minister said. In lengthy interventions at Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, the prime minister responded to the accusation that the government is “dividing” the country with CAA, citing Jawaharlal Nehru and Lal Bahadur Shastri to argue that the special dispensation for non-Muslims from Pakistan was recognized by the Congress icons.
“Was it Nehru communal? Did you discriminate between Hindus and Muslims? Did you want a Hindu rashtra? “, I ask. Modi said Congress’s opposition to the CAA was opportunistic and fueled by the “voting bank policy.” He asked Congress if its members could be labeled “communal” for expressing concern about the problems minorities face in Pakistan. “Why Nehru did not include all citizens but only mentioned religious minorities in the Nehru-Liaquat agreement,” Modi asked, and said his government was doing what the Prime Minister of India had said decades ago .
He stated that several reports, including those of parliamentary panels, had recommended a law such as the CAA. He, however, criticized Nehru when he said: “There is nothing wrong with having the ambition to be prime minister. But there was a time when, due to a person’s ambition to be PM, a line was drawn that caused the Partition of India. ”
The prime minister said Congress would always choose the policy of the voting bank for development and asked if it could not relate to the pain suffered by minorities persecuted in the neighborhood. He recalled Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan’s comment that extremist elements may have infiltrated anti-CAA protests. Modi said that if the government had followed in the footsteps of its predecessor, it would never have been able to undo Article 370, approve the Enemy Property Law and bring CAA. In a strong defense of CAA and the National Population Registry, he referred to Nehru’s letter to Assam’s first CM, Gopinath Bordoloi, asking him to distinguish between Hindu refugees and Muslim migrants from Pakistan.
Modi said Nehru said that, if necessary, the law should be amended to grant citizenship to refugees. In Rajya Sabha, Modi said that NPR was being updated to allow legitimate beneficiaries the benefit of government welfare plans. He said that NPR was first performed in 2010 and was updated in 2015.
“Don’t try to fool people,” he said, asking opposition parties not to “politicize the issue.” “They oppose (NPR) a narrow and frivolous political narrative. This is antipoor, ”he said, adding that his government had made productive use of the data collected by the previous NPR to provide benefits to the poor. While talking about the CAA, Modi cited the examples of Bhupendra Kumar Dutta and Jogendra Nath Mandal, two freedom fighters who stayed in Pakistan after the Partition, but arrived in India in the face of the persecution of minorities.
“Both Dutta and Mandal came to India and died here,” he said and added, “Mandal was Pakistan’s prime minister of law and also marked systematic ethnic attacks on religious minorities in Pakistan.” The prime minister said in his youth that he had touched the feet of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan (popularly called Frontier Gandhi) and appointed other greats such as Ashfaqullah Khan, Begum Hazrat Mahal and APJ Abdul Kalam to claim that they were all Indians. Referring to the continuing protests, Modi warned that street turmoil against the decisions of Parliament and state assemblies can lead to “anarchy” and should concern everyone.
He intentionally reiterated that the CAA does not affect any Indian citizen and does not represent any harm to minorities. “What would happen if the decisions of the assembly of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh were opposed?” He asked. On the NPR questions that have generated a controversy, Modi said it was more of an administrative and governance issue and that there was no sinister agenda behind. “Since a lot of migration is taking place these days, it is important that the government be more aware,” he said.
The prime minister quoted the socialist leader R M Lohia promising support to minority communities in the neighborhood and also recalled a proposal from the Congress Working Committee at the end of 1947 calling for the protection of “non-Muslims” in Pakistan. Modi also mentioned Bhimrao Ambedkar’s call to the Dalit community to come to India from Pakistan.