BJP lawmakers told not to make controversial statements on intolerance issue
Amid the raging controversy on increasing level of intolerance in the Indian society, the rulingÂ BJP has asked its lawmakers to not further vitiate the atmosphere. Reports suggest that the BJP that is under immense pressure on the issue and wants to bring down the decibel level in the Parliament and elsewhere.
The party has many lawmakers who seem to be suffering from â€˜foot in mouthâ€™ disease. These lawmakers not just continue to speak against Muslim minority in the country, but whoever is seen taking a stand against their ideology.
Now the BJP is trying to put a leash on such elements. Parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu told members that provocative statements are being used by the anti-BJP forces to deflect the attention from Prime Minister Narendra Modiâ€™s development agenda.
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, minister of state for parliamentary affairs while quoting Naidu said, â€œMPs were told to speak with understanding and decorum. There is a need to avoid controversy… At a time when the Prime Minister is pushing ahead with his development agenda, many people are unable to digest it and any misstep will allow anti-BJP forces to work it to their benefit. We should avoid making provocative statementsâ€.
He went on to add that it has been done to contain the opposition. He also said that the debate on the issue of intolerance was â€œunmaskingâ€ those who were misleading the country and added the party MPs were told that communal riots were controlled under the BJP-led NDA government and there was social harmony everywhere.
He said that the discussion between Modi and Congress President Sonia Gandhi had helped improve things. Naqvi went on to add that the lawmakers were also briefed about the recent elections, including one in Bihar where the BJP suffered a big defeat, and the need to work to spread the party ideology was stressed. The senior BJP leader said the parliamentary party, which includes MPs of both the Houses, expressed happiness over the partyâ€™s success in local elections in a number of states.