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Cong divided India on lines of religion, started caste politics for votes: VK Singh

Singh said the Congress had always worked to divide the nation.

india Updated: Oct 07, 2017 11:23 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
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Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh(AP File Photo)

Union Minister VK Singh on Friday said the Congress had always worked to divide the nation on religious and caste lines.

The former Army chief took part in a function attended by retired officers of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force at the Welham Boys’ School in the city.

First it (Congress) divided the country on the basis of religion by creating Pakistan and in the post British era it fomented the politics of caste for votebank, he told reporters on the sidelines of the function.

“The Congress has always worked to divide the nation. It’s a fact,” the minister of state for external affairs said.

Singh admitted that people were migrating from the hills of Uttarakhand in search of jobs but hoped that with a new BJP government in office, the situation will improve.

“Locals are migrating from the hills as there are not enough jobs. But with a new government in office I am confident enough job opportunities will be generated to stop them from migrating in search of a livelihood,” he said.

To a question on alleged Chinese incursions in Barahoti in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district, the former Army chief said China comes only to its own side of the disputed area and not beyond that.

“It (Barahoti) has been a disputed area between the two countries for the last 50 years. It has been agreed to keep it demilitarised and that is what is being done,” Singh said.

First Published: Oct 07, 2017 09:37 IST