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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

Daughter of former army chief and union minister Gen (retd) VK Singh, Mrinalini Katoch has voiced the demand for implementation of one rank one pension (OROP) scheme. On Sunday, she joined the protest terming it an acute need of the veteran army officials. At Jantar Mantar, she said, “The demand is pending from a long time and needs to be full filled at its earliest.” Mrinalini’s support to the protest is a blow to BJP which is already under fire for not implementing OROP.

Also a wife of a serving army official, Katoch said, “Retired army officials are fighting for their rights from the past 2 months and I am here to support them.” On being asked about whether she consulted her father VK Singh before taking this step she told, “I don’t need his permission for doing the right thing, even I want him to come and support us.”

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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)

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