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BJP expresses concern over Punjab developments

The Bharatiya Janata Party today expressed grave concern over the happenings in Punjab, saying it did not approve of hurting religious sentiments or endorse violence.

New Delhi, May 18 : The Bharatiya Janata Party today expressed grave concern over the happenings in Punjab, saying it did not approve of hurting religious sentiments or endorse violence.

Party spokesman Prakash Javadekar said that BJP President Rajnath Singh talked twice with Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal and hoped that peace in the state would be restored soon and feelings of the people would be assuaged.

The first priority, Javadekar said, is to control the situation and establish peace and tranquility in the state.

Commenting on the UPA Government's decision to identify 90 districts of the country as "minority concentration districts" in the wake of "Sachar Committee Report", Javadekar said it is unfortunate development.

"The BJP is always for proactive affirmative development action for all deprived regions, classes and communities. But dividing the country geographically into majority and minority concentrated districts is the dangerous proposal, fraught with disastrous consequences for the integrity and unity of the country," he said.

How can the nation forget that the country was divided exactly on this basis after identifying the districts of minority domination? The same categorisation was attempted in 80s by Congress government under Rajiv Gandhi, which was opposed by BJYM through a national movement under Rajnath Singh. The then government had to shelve the plan, he added.

"Government can ensure special need based development package for any deprived section but cannot play with the basic concept of unity and secularism," he said.

The concept of establishment of Sachar panel was only to study conditions of one particular community which was opposed by BJP because it feared that findings of any such study would divide the country on communal lines further. The government should have adopted a holistic approach to study the plight of all disadvantaged groups irrespective of religion or caste, which would have avoided such a divide, he said.

Javadekar also informed that senior BJP leader L.K. Advani will flag off the election campaign of Goa Assembly on May 21.

Advani will campaign two days in the state, Javadekar said, adding that Arun Jaitley, another senior party leader, will release the BJP manifesto on May 22.

Party President Rajnath Singh will conclude the campaign on May 29 and 30.


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