Congress leader and former Union Minister Sachin Pilot today questioned the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for “not asking” People’s Democratic Party (PDP), its coalition partner in the Jammu and Kashmir Government, to take action against those hoisting the Pakistani flag in the Valley.
“Why doesn’t the BJP ask Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to arrest those who had raised the Pakistani flag there? What is stopping it from asking him to take action? It is because BJP compromised with its core values only to get the Deputy CM’s post,” stated Pilot at Manthan Aaj Tak, a day-long panorama of sessions aimed at assessing one year of governance of the NDA Government at the Centre.
Taking part in the session, “Ek Saal, Yuva Mantriyon Ne Kiya Kamal?”, Pilot said, “It even bartered with its stand on Article 370.”
Responding to the allegation, Home Minister (State) Kiren Rijiju stated, “Everybody knows how the results were divided across the State. It was important to form a Government there after the elections, so we did.”
Yet another young and first time minister in the Modi Government, Babul Supriyo added, “A section of people in that State wanted BJP rule and therefore voted for it.” Talking about his Ministry, Urban development, Housing and Poverty alleviation, Supriyo said, “In the next fifteen days, we will roll out the guidelines for a smart city, what would constitute it.” He however, was noncommittal when asked about the 2022 housing for all promise of his Government.
Counting one of the achievements of his Ministry, Rijiju said, “I am happy that the decision to build border roads in my home State Arunachal Pradesh has been taken. This is something I could do sitting only in the Home Ministry. Otherwise, it would have taken some more years.”
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Rathore, who won the 2014 elections from Jaipur Rural constituency, during the session, promised the completion of the Delhi Jaipur highway in a year’s time. Talking about his Ministry, he said, “We are starting the e-auction of FM channels very soon, something that the UPA II government was too scared to taking forward.”
Reacting to questions on a proactive Rahul Gandhi, Rathore said, “He is like an anaar in Diwali. It feels nice when it goes up but it comes down. You feel even better when a damp anaar suddenly goes up.” Supriyo added, “He is like the last song in a Bollywood film which is shot in a foreign locale but has no connection with the story.”