NDA headed for three-fourth majority: Rajnath Singh

Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was headed towards a two-third majority in the Lok Sabha election. He also criticised the Congress for weakening India’s stance on terrorism.

Singh said the indications from the first two round of voting show that the NDA is headed towards full majority.

“After the first round of voting , the Congress and other opposition parties started saying that there were problems in EVMs. That means the result is clear. From the two rounds of voting, the trend is clear. There are no two opinions about it that BJP will get clear majority and it is possible that the NDA will get three-fourth majority,” he said, addressing a press conference here.

He said the Opposition was getting desperate and doing politics on issues such as the terror strike in Pulwama.

“On this issue, the country was united but the Congress and some other parties did politics. They questioned the air strikes on terror camps in Pakistan by our air force. Instead of praising the strikes, they raised questions about how successful they were and how many people were killed,” he said.

“Such questions weaken India’s stance on terrorism. There have been several occasions when India’s stand on terrorism has got weakened because of the Congress. They gave a new theory of Hindu terrorism. Terrorism is terrorism. It cannot be linked to a religion, sect or community. Congress’s new theory has also weakened India’s stand on terrorism.”

He said the Congress manifesto talks of scrapping the Sedition Act. “The BJP is of the view that the act should be made stronger and there is no misuse of the law.”

Referring to Article 35 A and Article 370, Singh said it was a temporary arrangement. “It is time to review what benefit articles 370 and 35 A have given to Jammu and Kashmir. When some people are raising the question that India should have two prime ministers then what is the logic for continuing articles 370 and 35 A,” he said.

Asked about Congress president Rahul Gandhi expressing regret for his statement on Rafale verdict, Singh said the presidents and prime ministers are not individuals but they are institutions. “Not only political parties but it is the responsibility of each and every individual that in a healthy democracy the dignity of these institutions should not be lowered.”

On the issue of Ram temple in Ayodhya, Singh said a committee has been formed and talks are on with both parties and the expectation is there will be a solution. “We are committed to the construction of the Ram temple. We want that it should be constructed in a congenial atmosphere.”

On Congress’s promise to review Armed Forces (Special Powers) Acts (AFSPA), Singh said its review was an ongoing process. He said there was no logic for the Congress to include it in its manifesto. “Any government in power keeps reviewing AFSPA every six months. We also do it and if the situation allows, we remove it like we did in Tripura and Meghalaya and some areas of Himachal Pradesh.”

Hitting back at Singh, Congress spokesperson Archana Sharma said Congress has always taken a strong stand on terrorism. “In the BJP rule, terrorist incidents have increased. Army installations were also attacked. The BJP did not have vision to tackle terrorism and now by putting false allegations on us, they are trying to mislead the public.”

First Published:
Apr 23, 2019 09:27 IST

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