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Stalin, Vaiko against interests of minorities: BJP

BJP general secretary P. Muralidhar Rao addressing a meeting in Madurai on Saturday.

BJP general secretary P. Muralidhar Rao addressing a meeting in Madurai on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: S. James

Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe people were discriminated in J&K due to lack of reservation policy, says Muralidhar Rao

By opposing the Centre’s move on Article 370 and Article 35 (A), Left women leaders like Brinda Karat and M.K. Kanimozhi have turned anti-women, as women have been consistently discriminated in Jammu and Kashmir, according to Bharatiya Janata Party general secretary P. Muralidhar Rao.

He was addressing a meeting here on Saturday as part of the party’s outreach programme on the Centre’s move to remove Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 of the Constitution.

Highlighting that Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe people were discriminated in J&K due to lack of reservation policy, Mr. Rao charged DMK president M.K. Stalin and MDMK general secretary Vaiko as ‘anti-Dalit, anti-women and anti-national’ for their opposition to the Centre’s move.

“During the 1962 Indo-China war, former Chief Minister C. N. Annadurai fought for the unity of the nation. But, today by opposing the Centre’s move, the DMK under Mr. Stalin has deviated from Mr. Annadurai’s stance,” he said.

When Article 370 was introduced in 1949 by former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, it was introduced as a ‘temporary and transitional’ provision, said Mr. Rao. “How can a temporary provision be extended for more than 70 years?’ asked Mr. Rao.

Hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the bold move, Mr. Rao said that normalcy had been retained in 90% of the places in J&K.

Stressing that the party is committed to Tamil language and culture, Mr. Rao said that Hindi language was not imposed in the State and was only suggested as a common language for communication in the country.

V. Kamraj, former Director General of Police, Haryana, in his address said that Article 35(A) was constitutionally invalid as it was introduced through a presidential order.

Madurai Kamaraj University Vice-Chancellor M. Krishnan was also present.

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