Minister of State for the Interior of the Union, Nityanand Rai, stated on Monday that “all minority groups” are safer in the United States than anyplace else in the world. However, opposition parties opposing the BJP argued otherwise due to “appeasement politics.”
Rai made the statement at a press conference he held at the Bihar BJP headquarters in answer to a question about RJD national general secretary Abdul Bari Siddiqui’s recent remark that he wanted his children to relocate abroad due to “the atmosphere in the country.”
“All minority groups, including the one Siddiqui, alludes to, are protected in the country. They are the safest people on the planet. I say this with all the authority I have as Union Minister of State for the Interior,” said Rai, a former leader of the BJP in Bihar.
Rai believed that parties such as RJD and its ally Congress used threats against minorities “to garner the support of certain segments of the electorate.”
“This is referred to as appeasement politics. This politics of appeasement led to the country’s partition, alleged the union minister, who, when asked whether he believed Mahatma Gandhi was also guilty of appeasement politics, replied, “not Gandhi ji, but those who went on to rule Pakistan and splinter India were pursuing such politics in their respective pursuits of power.”
He also accused Congress leader Rahul Gandhi of undermining the military services during comments delivered during the “Bharat Jodo Yatra”. He claimed that “hostile neighbours like China and Pakistan have understood that this is not the India of the 1960s. With Prime Minister Narendra Modi in charge, no nation will dare wage war against us. Even if a war occurs, India’s outcome will be favourable.”
Rai, aiming his fire at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, a former ally of the BJP who severed ties in August, stated, “We have learned that he is planning another yatra. These tactics demonstrate that his record of governance has been dismal.”
When it was pointed out that his party has long been an ally of Kumar, the JD(Ude )’s facto leader, whom it praised for bringing about development in Bihar, the BJP leader stated, “all sectors in which there has been improvement happened to be portfolios we held.”
In the aftermath of the Saran hooch disaster, the union minister disapproved upon Kumar’s “piyoge to maroge” remark and reprimanded him for creating a fuss over the NHRC taking notice of the incident.
Rai further said that Kumar was soft on “anti-national actions occurring in Bihar” and used the fact that Kashmir was listed as a distinct nation on a school examination question paper to support his claim.
Rai remarked, in reference to the JD(U) leader’s frequent assertions that the BJP has departed from the inclusivity represented by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, “he should read a few of Atal ji’s poetry. He will learn the beliefs of the leader.