‘No undercurrent of religious discord or prejudice against minorities’: Anurag Thakur sets the record straight

Union Minister Anurag Thakur in an India Today Group program said the indigenous defense sector, the ‘Make in India’ initiative and global recognition amid the pandemic have all been unfulfilled. achieved only by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He hinted that the BJP’s main motto was to grow every community, not just one.

Anurag Thakur at India Today Group’s Panchayat conclave.

By India Today Web Desk: In an exclusive chat with India Today Group, Union Minister Anurag Thakur attacked the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and raised several vitally important issues. In fact, addressing the much speculated undercurrent of religious discord in the country, Thakur said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) aims for the development of all communities.

Alleging that Arvind Kejriwal’s ‘Hindutva’ or ‘push for Hindutva’ was false and that Delhi government ideology was nothing but a hoax. Thakur said the BJP will continue to win seats and people’s hearts. Exposing Congress’s bad efforts in the past, Thakur said Priyanka Gandhi was not even part of the ongoing Bharat Jodo Yatra, led by former Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Telangana.

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He noted that the indigenous defense sector, the “Make in India” initiative and global recognition amid the pandemic were only achieved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Shying away from the concept of bias, he said the BJP valued its party workers the most and it was only the saffron party where a party worker could become prime minister or home minister.


Stating that the national head of the AAP has contradicted everything he has stood for or spoken against in the past, the IT minister said Arvind Kejriwal was also flip-flopping on his wishes survey and its ideologies. He also accused Kejriwal of fabricating his election promises according to the state’s temper.

“When the polls are approaching, they (AAP) remember janaus (sacred thread), temples, god and goddess Ganesh and Lakshmi. Every aspect (of the AAP) is a lie. They turned everything around. I want you to do some research and seal that notion,” Thakur said.

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Anurag Thakur raised the issue of salary at wakf board and said the AAP does not offer the same to Hindu priests or other faiths.

“Why did they only help malvis, not Hindu priests earlier? These are frauds,” Thakur said.

When asked if the BJP welcomes all former Congress and AAP leaders from party associates and if the BJP is “open to all?”, Thakur claimed that his party is the “largest national party “. He said party workers are of utmost importance in the BJP.

He also referred to the AAP-led Punjab government and its performance in the state, compared to the “huge” polling wishes they had tabled.

“There were 70 killings in Punjab within three months of the AAP coming to power. Gang wars were taking place,” Thakur noted while mentioning that Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann , did nothing on the issue of stubble burning.

He also talked about the pollution standards of Yamuna and how it hinders the celebration of Chhath Puja.

“AAP has been in power for eight years and Chhath Puja is celebrated every year. So why are they not doing anything about the pollution of the Yamuna River,” Thakur asked.

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In a jibe to Congress, he said the big old party managed to provide Rs 30,000 crore under the ‘MGNAREGA’ scheme but the BJP pushed it to more than Rs 1,00,000 crore.

He hinted that the BJP’s main motto was to grow every community, not just one. When asked if the BJP resorts to communal politics and practices the principle of divide and conquer.

Anurag Thakur said, “Thank you for asking this question”.

“You know, nobody asks which community gets the most benefits under government programs. Nobody asks which community is the most deprived or the most oppressed. They are not ready to believe that the BJP aims to” sabka sath and sabka vikas “(everyone’s support, everyone’s progress),” the Lok Sabha MP from Hamirpur said.

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