BJP never did politics of religious polarisation: Rajnath

NEW DELHI
3 Jan 2017

BJP never did nor will it do politics of religious polarisation, home minister Rajnath Singh today said, stressing that the "secular" parties need to be cautious in the wake of the Supreme Court order that candidates should not seek votes in the name of religion, caste or creed. Asked if his party will raise the issue of Ram temple in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, Singh said the matter is sub-judice. "After the Supreme Court order, the so-called secular parties should be cautious," he said, adding that the court was "absolutely right" and politics should not involve caste or religion. "BJP neither did politics of polarisation nor will it do in future. I feel if it was doing politics of polarisation, it would not have got clear majority in Parliament. "It is for the first time that a non-Congress party has got clear majority in Parliament. Now to accuse that political party and its workers and volunteers is not right," he said. On the Supreme Court order, he said, "Whatever Supreme Court has said is absolutely right. I fully agree with whatever the apex court has said. "Politics should not be on the lines of caste, cult or religion. Politics should be only in the name of humanity and justice. Dwelling on China vis-a vis JeM chief Masood Azhar issue, home minister said India is hopeful that China will agree with its position on getting Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist by the United Nations, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today. Interacting with the media here, Singh said, "We still expect China to support our stand."  On December 30 last year, China had blocked India's proposal to list JeM chief and Pathankot mastermind Masood Azhar as a designated terrorist by the UN, triggering a sharp reaction from New Delhi which termed it as "unfortunate blow" and a step that confirms prevalence of double standards in the fight against terrorism. India's proposal was submitted in February to the 1267 Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council. A fresh listing request will be required for Azhar to be banned by the UN, officials had said. However, India had said it will continue to push forward with resolute determination "through the use of all options available with us to bring perpetrators of terrorist violence to justice". China had blocked India's proposal citing lack of "consensus" on the issue. The ban would have forced imposition of asset freeze and travel ban on him by countries, including Pakistan. China was the only member in the 15-nation UN body to put a hold on India's application with all other 14 members of the Council supporting New Delhi's bid to place Azhar on the sanctions list. On Samajbadi party clan feud, Singh said, "We do not like feud in any family," Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said on the battle between Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his father Mulayam over control of Samajwadi Party, even as he skirted queries on whether he could be BJP's chief ministerial candidate. Union home minister said that the party has gone to elections many times without a chief ministerial face and it will project the work done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Asked about the feud in SP,  Singh, who is a former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, told reporters he does not like feud in any family but if the entire family is in power then certainly it is a cause of concern. He, however, added that "it is an internal matter" of Samajwadi Party. "I believe whatever loss had to happen, has happened and the next government will compensate. We cannot express happiness about a family feud. We are sensitive people. It hurts us," he said. Repeated queries on whether he could become Chief Ministerial candidate for BJP did not evoke any clear answer as Singh smiled and quipped, "Do I not look good here in centre to you."  When asked about the decision on BJP's chief ministerial candidate for Uttar Pradesh, Singh said "many a times we have contested elections without a face". "Who is a strong leader and who is not, it is for the people to decide," he said, adding that the Prime Minister has worked a lot during last two and a half years and his work will prove handy for BJP. Earlier, he said BJP is not a party which wants to take advantage of any family feud.Asked whether he would like to return to party work, he replied, "When I get such friends here, I do not miss Ashok Road (BJP Headquarters)." (PTI)