Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that instead of issuing statements on a sensitive issue like Kairana, it is better to act cautiously and find a solution to the problem.
“I personally feel that instead of issuing statements on a sensitive issue like this it is better to act with caution and seriousness on the matter.”
“If there is a fire somewhere, dousing the flames should be the first priority,” Singh said making it clear that finding a solution to the problem was more important than issuing a statement.
The home minister was replying to a question on Kairana in Uttar Pradesh, the town at the centre of the alleged Hindu exodus, at an interactive programme in Dehradun.
On Friday, BJP MLA Sangeet Som gave a 15-day ultimatum to the UP government to bring back the Hindus who have migrated from the town.
“We’ve given a 15-day ultimatum. Either the [UP] government gets back the people who’ve migrated or we’ll have to [again] take to the streets,” Som said.
Replying to another question, Singh said there had been a drop of 50% in infiltration bids from across the border since Modi government took charge.
“More terrorists are being killed now than earlier.Indian Army and para-military personnel are performing their duties along our frontiers with great efficiency. There has been a 50% drop in the number of successful infiltration bids from across the borders,” he said.
Claiming terrorist and Maoist activities have both come down in the country, he said while there has been a 37-40% slump in Maoist activities, terrorist activities have also been substantially reduced.
However, he admitted that a lot more needs to be done to further rein in such activities.
On the issue of black money, he said the Centre has launched an amnesty scheme for those possessing undeclared wealth under which they can declare it between June 1 and September 30 and turn the rest into white money by paying 45 per cent tax.
Singh was in the Uttarakhand capital as part of a programme by Union ministers to tour the country on completion of two years of Narendra Modi government’s tenure.