Perception about intolerance limited to Lutyen’s Zone, says Amit Shah
New Delhi: BJP
president Amit Shah on Saturday dismissed protests over growing intolerance in
the country as a “perception” limited to “Lutyen’s Zone”, the area in the heart
of the seat of power in the national capital.
“The perception (about
growing intolerance) is only limited to Lutyen’s Zone. Had such incidents taken
place because of the BJP, RSS or VHP, then why are there no protests in
Gujarat, MP, Rajasthan and Goa?” he told ‘Aap Ki Adalat’ show on India TV,
according to a press release from the channel.
On writers returning
their Sahitya Akademi Awards, Shah said they were doing it because of incidents
that took place in Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka ruled by SP and Congress
“All the writers
returning their awards are protesting against Congress and SP governments.”
When pointed out that
eminent writer Nayantara Sahgal had questioned the Prime Minister’s silence on
the issue, he said “The PM had spoken on Dadri. And yet there are resigning.
There are many among the writers, who had signed an appeal during the Lok Sabha
elections not to elect Modi to power. Now if the people of India elect us, what
can we do? The perception (about growing intolerance) is only limited to
Shah said the BJP has
governments in many states and protests there could have suited them better if
BJP, RSS or VHP were behind it.
“But here vote bank
politics is dominating law and order. That’s the reason why there is growing
tension in both communities.”
On the Dadri lynching
incident, Shah hit out at the UP government and blamed its police for what he
called “unilateral action” which was causing friction between communities.
“If the UP police acts
without any religious discrimination, then no such riots, no such incidents
will take place in UP. But if in order to garner votes, the police take
unilateral action, then there is reaction in both the communities. And that is
the reason why such incidents happen,” Shah said.
He asked why media
lacked the courage to criticise the Samajwadi Party on the Dadri incident.
Asked why Union Minister
Mahesh Sharma went to Dadri and described the lynching as “accident”, Shah
replied that was a “slip of tongue”.
He raised a question
why others like Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal and Asaduddin Owaisi visited
“It was Mahesh Sharma’s
constituency. Had he not gone there, I would have taken him to task. A word
came out of him and they made a mountain out of a molehill,” he said.
On Modi’s election
promise of transferring Rs 15 lakh into each person’s account after the
repatriation of black money from abroad, Shah said what Modi had said during
the campaign was that if the entire black money stashed abroad is divided, it
could amount to Rs 15 lakh per person.
“But that does not mean
that this amount will be deposited into each person’s account. What he meant
was: the black money recovered would be spent on the welfare of poor.
“When leaders speak in
public meetings, they often become emotional. But their statements should not
be taken with full stop, comma and all. How can Rs 15 lakh be transferred to
each person’s account from the government treasury. The government has said and
it stands by the commitment that all the money recovered will be spend on plans
for uplift of poor,” Shah said. (With inputs from agencies)