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- Last Updated: Wednesday, 04 September 2019 12:09
Not caste, Article 370 will decide Haryana election: CM Manohar Lal Khattar
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that the overwhelming support for the abrogation of Article 370 has broken all caste barriers in Haryana and the BJP's popularity has increased in all sections before the assembly election.
Nationalism runs in the veins of the people of Haryana as youth from every village of the state serve in defence forces and this spirit will help the BJP defeat the caste-based politics promoted by the Congress and other opposition parties, he said.
He added that "When a martyr's body remains is brought back to his village, no one asks about his caste. Nationalism will be the deciding factor in the upcoming assembly elections.
Assembly elections are due in Haryana, Jharkhand and Maharashtra later this year.
Describing the special status of Jammu and Kashmir's as a landmark decision under Article 370 of the Constitution, Khattar said in an interview during his ongoing statewide Rath Yatra that "After the abrogation of Article 370, the admiration of BJP and its leadership has further increased in Haryana and across the country."
He said people from cross-sections of the society are applauding the government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for this bold step and added that even "those who were critics of the party are now standing with it on this issue."
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Taking on the opposition, Khattar said, "Even on the issues of national interest, the opposition is keen to do politics and they opposed the abrogation of Article 370, which exposed the real face of the Congress and other opposition parties." He asserted it was the Congress's opposition to this "nationalistic step" that made it a talking point and an issue among the general public of the country, especially in Haryana.
Asked about some Congress leaders, including former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, coming out in support of the Modi government's decision by going against the party line, Khattar said, "Vipaksh Bhi behti Ganga mein hath dhone ki koshish kar rahe hain (The opposition is trying to take advantage of the move considering people's sentiments)."
Khattar termed the upcoming assembly election in Haryana a direct contest between the BJP's honest politics based on nationalism and the opposition's caste-based politics.
He said that, unlike the Congress and the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), the BJP has given a stable, honest and development-oriented government in the past five years without indulging in favouritism and nepotism.
Talking about the prospects of the party's victory in the assembly elections, Khattar said that BJP workers have set a target of winning more than 75 seats in the 90-member assembly.
Seeking a second term, Khattar has started the 'Jan Ashirwad Yatra' from Kalka on August 18. The Rath Yatra will end in Rohtak on September 8 after passing the state.