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New Delhi:  BJP on Tuesday termed former union minister Arun Shourie’s criticism of the Narendra Modi government’s economic policies as his personal views, which had nothing to do with the party or public opinion.

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party sources said that Shourie who was being cited as a “BJP leader” had, in fact, not renewed his party membership. Meanwhile, Shourie’s office informed that he did not wish to make any further comment on the issue.

Earlier Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said Shourie’s views were personal, not of the people or the ruling party.

“We are a democracy; he has his opinion, but the country’s opinion is different,” he said at a press conference here.

The central government had been doing well and people know about the challenges it had inherited, he added.

On Monday, in a sharp attack on the Modi government, Shourie said: “There was never a weaker Prime Minister’s Office than now.”

Dr Singh ko log yaad karne lag gaye hain (People have begun recalling the days of Manmohan Singh). One way to characterise policies of the government is ‘Congress plus a cow’. Policies are the same,” Shourie said at a book launch function.

A senior party leader, however, said that any comparison between the Manmohan Singh-led PMO and one led by Modi were specious. “People can see the difference. Bihar polls will set all doubts to rest,” said the leader.

(IANS)

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BJP President Amit Shah States The Importance of Having Citizenship Bill

Asking opposition parties not to create obstacles in the construction of Ram temple, he told them to clear their stand on the issue

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BJP President Amit Shah on Sunday said that the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was “very necessary” and added that the government was working on building a consensus with stakeholders in the northeast.

Addressing the media here, Amit Shah also said that the government had brought the bill after much thought and Home Minister Rajnath Singh was holding consultations with various people to address the opposition to the issue.

“There are two sides of a coin. There are decisions that some like and some don’t… The fate of huge number of refugees can’t be kept hanging in the balance and we are firm on it,” he said.

Asked what would be the BJP’s stand if suggestions come to withdraw the Bill as it has created unrest in the entire northeast, Amit Shah said: “Home Minister is holding discussions with political parties. Discussion with some parties have already taken place. If consensus emerges, we will definitely move ahead but the Citizenship Bill is highly necessary for the country.”

The Bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who entered India before December 31, 2014.

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BJP President Amit Shah.

Political parties and civic groups in the northeast say if this is implemented, “outsiders” will overwhelm the local population.

The BJP President was also committed to build a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya.

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“The BJP wants the Ram Temple should be built at the same place in Ayodhya where Lord Ram was born. Our stand is clear. There is no confusion.”

Asking opposition parties not to create obstacles in the construction of Ram temple, he told them to clear their stand on the issue. (IANS)