BJP Against Voting Politics, Treat All Religions Equal: Nadda to Diplomats
Stating that the BJP respects all religions and does not believe in discriminating people on the basis of religion, party chairman JP Nadda said on Saturday that his party is firm on “justice for all and appeasement for none”. “.
Interacting with Heads of Mission from 13 countries, Nadda reiterated that the BJP and the Center Party-led government are working on the theme of “sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas and sabka prieas.”
With the event coming amid public protests in several states following remarks by two now-suspended party spokespersons allegedly against Islam, Nadda was asked by an envoy about the BJP’s approach to minorities, to which he reiterated that the BJP “respects all religions equally”. .
Sources said diplomats, including those from nine European countries, repeatedly asked him about the BJP’s approach to minorities.
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“In his opening statement, in which he mentioned the structure of the BJP, the functioning of its morchas and various programs, Nadda-ji affirmed that the party respects all religions equally,” said Vijay Chauthaiwala, head of the BJP’s foreign affairs department, at the Sunday Express. “There were questions about the party’s approach to minorities, to which the party chairman said the BJP was against the vote bank policy. He said the party is committed to sabka saath, sabka vikas, and government programs do not differentiate people in the name of religion or caste.
Nadda was speaking at the fourth edition of the ‘Know BJP’ program – an initiative to showcase the party’s vision, mission and working culture in different countries – held at the party headquarters.
With Saturday’s program, Chauthaiwala said, the party interacted with 47 mission leaders. He said the emissaries asked about women’s participation in party programs and how the BJP is reaching out to the grassroots level. “When asked about the party’s strategy for the 2024 general election, Nadda-ji said that the BJP will fight on the development (boards) and our performance in project delivery. He said the BJP is a party that makes itself accountable to the people by giving out bulletins on the promises it made to the people,” Chauthaiwala said.
Asked by one of the ambassadors about the changes the BJP election victory has brought to the country, Nadda said politics in India has shifted from family politics to performance politics.
Heads of Mission from Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Serbia, Spain, United Kingdom, Jamaica, Mauritius, Nepal and Thailand participated on Saturday’s schedule.
The BJP had recently suspended Nupur Sharma as national spokesperson and Naveen Kumar Jindal from the Delhi BJP media unit following their anti-Islamic remarks and inflammatory tweets. There was diplomatic outrage from several nations following the remarks.
Before its Disciplinary Commission took action against its former leaders, the BJP issued a statement saying it “respects all religions” and “strongly denounces insults from any religious figure”. Indian embassies abroad maintained that the two leaders’ remarks did not “reflect the views of the Indian government”, but were “fringe elements”.