Thursday, August 18, 2022

State govts not toeing Hindutva ‘not safe’, says Yashwanth Sinha

Yashwant Sinha, the Opposition nominee for the next month’s Presidential election, on Thursday alleged here that any State government which believes in the Constitution and secularism and does not believe in Hindutva is not safe in the country.
Addressing a meeting of DMK and its allies which extended support to him at the Dravidian party office here, Sinha said ‘another’ State government has collapsed and it is now in Maharashtra. The BJP is going to support a rebel faction of the Shiv Sena and the BJP leader has not become the Chief Minister. ‘Because, he knows this government is not going to last.’ Hence ‘they’ (BJP) have found a scapegoat to occupy the ‘exalted chair’ of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Sinha said.
“But, what does this show? This shows that the ruling party at the Centre and the government of India have no respect for the federal structure of our Constitution.” They are violating one convention after another, and the provisions of the Constitution, he alleged.
“I was listening to the speech of the leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Maharashtra and he was constantly talking of Hindutva and he was saying that we brought down this government because it did not believe in Hindutva. Which means what that any government which believes in the Constitution, which does not believe in Hindutva, but believes in secularism is not safe in this country.”
Governors are supposed to be agents of the President and function according to the Constitution. However, in one State after another, the attitude of Governors towards the elected governments is against the Constitution. “That is true, even unfortunately of the Governor of this State (Tamil Nadu).”
“Me agreeing to contest the Presidential election is ‘a continuous struggle’ against the excesses of the Central government and the BJP that runs it. Until 2014, I was heading the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance,” Sinha said. “Now, a ruling party member heads that committee. It is another matter that he happens to be my son (Jayant Sinha). But I have no hesitation in saying that this is a wrong practice.”


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