Though himself a hardliner and diehard upholder of the philosophy of Hindutva and proactive nationalism, former UP chief minister, Kalyan Singh does not back the Shiv Sena in its diatribe against film star Shah Rukh Khan.
“Shah Rukh Khan said nothing wrong and I don’t think there was any harm in allowing Pakistan cricketers to play in India,” he said while talking to the Hindustan Times. Once a close ally of Sena chief Bal Thackeray, Singh said what was happening in Mumbai was unfortunate. He also condemned the Sena for its campaign against the North Indians and demanded both the Central and the Maharashtra governments to reign in Shiv Sainiks and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) activists who, he said, were trying to break the country. He alleged the Congress government propped up MNS chief Raj Thackery to damage the Shiv Sena for petty political gain.
However, Singh blamed Pakistan for terrorist activities in the country. He alleged Pune bomb blast like many other blasts was Pak-sponsored and said the Cenral government had proved weak in containing terrorism which is spreading its tentacles to every nook and corner of the country. “The Centre needs to shake off its tendency of awaking only after a blast and then sleep again. It must tackle Pakistan and the Pak supported terror groups with iron hands,” suggested he.
About Amar Singh, the patron of the newly launched Jan Kranti Party (JKP) said he had no talks with expelled Samajwadi Party MP Amar Singh so far but supported his demand for division of UP. He said he had always been of the view that smaller states were better from administrative competence and economic development point of view. However, he said there should not be a piecemeal solution to the problem. “The time has come when a second reorganization commission be set up to take a holistic view of the situation based on genuineness of demands coming from various parts of the country for smaller states,” he stressed.
He said rising prices of essential commodities had made common man’s life miserable but neither the UPA government nor the Mayawati government seemed to have any action plan to bring the prices down. “Both the Centre and the state government were responsible for the spiraling price-rise and they must act immediately to bring the situation under control,” said Singh.