New Delhi: In an exclusive interview to NewsX, the National General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Ram Madhav discusses the proliferation of the BJP power in India, the issue of Kashmiri Pandits resettlement, and the controversial decision reconstructing a religious landmark in the country.
Speaking on popular perceptions first, the National General Secretary said that the BJP government had an ‘excellent’ two years with the people and that positive trend points towards people repelling the concept of nepotism, dynasty ruling which, he alleges, were so prevalent during when the Congress was reigning. Madhav said that Abhishek Manu Singhvi was a liar and that in the next two years, the Congress party will be losing most of its states.
“Congress has become a liability to every party it wants to become an ally with,” said Madhav, who stated that the Congress has to seriously address the issue of rethinking its culture.
Addressing two crucial issues which exploded under two years of BJP’s rule, Hindu consolidation and aggressive communal polarisation, Ram Madhav said that Hindu consolidation was virtually absent as Muslims and Christians formed a part of the cabinet in Assam. He also exclaimed that the scheduled caste, Adhivasi society, and other classes were all reflected in the diversity of Assam’s mandate.
The BJP leader remarked that communal harmony had been largely sustained during the two-year reign of BJP and that any accusations pointing towards polarisation was ‘total rubbish’. Reacting to the Bajrang Dal video and its stereotypical representation of Muslims, Madhav said that if anything communal polarisation takes place, necessary actions will be taken by the law authorities.
On assuming power through coalition in Jammu and Kashmir with the PDP government of Mehbooba Mufti, Madhav said that the political climate in J&K was running in a responsible manner. Madhav said that the ABVP was not a wing of any political party and that the Vice Chancellor, who enjoys sanctimonious autonomy, was behind the censuring of the ABVP.
The General Secretary remained mostly reserved about the plight of Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu and Kashmir and said that the matter was soong going to be discussed with Mehbooba Mufti. Madhav said that the resettling of Kashmiri Hindus was a very sensitive issue and that it should be handled with restraint. He claimed that a hardliner like Ghilani had remarked that the Kashmiri Hindus were an integral part of ‘Kashmiriates’. “There re-settlement will require security,” Madhav said and added that a mix township might be established.
On Ram Mandir controversy, Ram Madhav said that it was more important for the ‘concerned parties’ to come together to discuss the issue rather than all the political parties. The BJP leader confirmed that a consensus will be sought for on the issue and that a cross-party consensus would be preferred for the reconstruction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.