Centre’s polarisation policy on Kashmir students dangerous: Digvijaya

  • Hindustan Times, Guna
  • Updated: Apr 19, 2016 21:12 IST
AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh criticized the NDA government at the Centre for taking a U-turn on the Kohinoor diamond issue. (Mujeeb Faruqui/ HT photo)

All India Congress Committee general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Tuesday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) should avoid its polarisation policy on Kashmir students as it would go against the interests of the country.

Singh was on a three-day visit to Raghogarh, his home town.

He said creating resentment among students under its (BJP) policy of polarisation was worrying and dangerous for the country. “This would pose a threat to the country in the future.”

Singh criticizes NDA govt for taking a U-turn on Kohinoor diamond issue

He criticized the NDA government at the Centre for taking a U-turn on the Kohinoor diamond issue.

During a hearing of a PIL in the apex court, the Ministry of Culture had said Kohinoor cannot be said to be forcibly taken or stolen as it was given by the successors of Maharaja Ranjit Singh to East India Company in 1849 as compensation for helping them in the Sikh wars.

“When the Congress was in power at the Centre, the BJP often levelled allegations that the Congress government was not bringing back the diamond to India but now the BJP government at the Centre submitted in writing to the Supreme Court that the diamond was gifted, not stolen or forcibly taken,” Singh said.

The MP also attacked the BJP government for indulging in an “undemocratic act” by trying to remove the elected governments (of non-BJP parties -- recently in Uttarakhand). This would weaken the democracy, he said.

He also blamed a section of media for playing down the Congress’ nation-wide protest against the Central government’s ‘anti-people policies’.

On the Ishrat Jehan encounter case, he said, “It appears that the BJP national president Amit Shah is adamant on getting declared Ishrat Jehan as a terrorist in a bid to save himself from the law.”

Attacking the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh, Singh said a rule of terror prevailed in the state. Singh said in Hoshangabad, journalist Prashant Dubey was held captive and beaten up by sand mafia. “None of the accused was arrested even after three days of the incident despite a named FIR in the case.”

‘Relatives of the CM and several ministers involved in sand mining’

He said the relatives of the chief minister and several ministers were involved in sand mining. “I will expose the sand mafia in Hoshangabad.”

He dubbed the MP government’s ‘Gram Uday’ campaign as a political gimmick. “On the one hand, the government snatched the rights from the panchayats but on the other, it talks of uplifting the villages. The fact is that the gram sabha used to enjoy all the powers (during the Congress government) which the BJP government snatched from it,” Singh added.

He blamed the government for making unnecessary expenditures on several works for Simhastha Fair which was not required when the state was facing a drought situation.

“There was huge corruption in the construction work in Simhastha. The government is yet to take action on corruption which took place during the previous Simhastha in 2004,” Singh said.

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