BJP preaching intolerance, says CM
The BJP is creating an atmosphere of intolerance and hatred against its opponents which is not good for the well-being of the country, Chief Minister Harish Rawat said on Monday.
He said in Udham Singh Nagar, a BJP leader had issued a derogatory remark against vice-president of the Congress Rahul Gandhi in connection with the Jawaharlal Nehru University issue. Not a single leader in the BJP had condemned the statement, which is a cause for concern” said Harish Rawat, speaking to mediapersons at his residence. “It seems the BJP is hell bent upon pushing the country into the medieval ages,” he said.
Rawat said there was a deliberate design in the manner in which the BJP first targeted JNU student Kanhaiya, Communist party and now Rahul Gandhi, “It is a deliberate ploy to target opponents and vitiate the atmosphere in the country. Who has given them the right to pass judgments and say so and so person is anti-national. All liberals and democracy-loving people should raise their voice against such acts,” said Rawat.
On the issue of Nainisar, Harish Rawat said the state need investments and if private companies shown interest in investing in the education, health, agro, water and power sectors, the government would provide land as equity.
“I understand that ideologically certain sections are against the opening of school at Nainisar, they have opposed us in the past. But why the BJP is opposing is still not clear. It should tell the people whether it is in favour of private investment or not,” he said.
When, it was pointed out that there were media reports of Maoists and other elements actively participating in the Nainisar protests, Rawat said the state law and order agencies would deal with it.