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Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan has sought the dismissal of the Narendra Modi-led central government for “failing to protect the minorities in the country” and clamping of emergency in the country.

Alleging that the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh was pursuing an agenda to make the country a ‘Hindu rashtra (Hindu nation), the urban development and minority affairs minister said in a statement issued late Sunday that President Pranab Mukherjee take note of the deteriorating situation and dismiss the government without any delay.

The controversial minister had earlier threatened to petition the United Nations in the wake of the Dadri lynching.

Reacting sharply to Azam’s statement, state Bharatiya Janata Party president Laxmikant Bajpayi told IANS that it was “climbdown” for the minister who had earlier talked of petitioning the UN but was now talking of the president.

“Sanyukt rashtra se rashtrapati tak aana apne aap mein Azam Khan ki haar ko darshata hai (Moving from the UN to the president indicates Azam Khan’s defeat),” he said while adding that the demand for the dismissal of central government was laughable.

“There is no history of dismissal of a union government by the president, though there are umpteen examples of state governments’ dismissals. I guess Azam Khan is indirectly seeking the dismissal of the Akhilesh Yadav government,” Bajpayi added.

“In case Azam Khan means the dismissal of the state government, I too support him as the security and well-being of all sections of society, including the Muslims, has been compromised under the Samajwadi Party (SP) government,” the state BJP president said.

(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.

Amit Shah
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)