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Political intolerance a Congress trait, says Venkaiah Naidu

NEW DELHI(PTI): Congress has become “frustrated” due to emergence of an alternate narrative in the country after BJP’s ascension to power which has challenged its long-standing “intolerant strategy” of suppressing discordant views, BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu said here today in a scathing attack on Congress over ‘growing intolerance’.

Venkaiah Naidu

Naidu said the “political intolerance” is a “trait” of Congress which is running a “misinformation” campaign against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “We are constrained to say that this ongoing misinformation campaign is an effort to derail the development momentum created by the by the energetic efforts of Prime Minister. “They (Congress) have always patronised and aligned with the casteiest, communal, chauvinistic and fundamentalist forces. This approach of Congress over last many years has resulted in the present situation in the country,” the Urban Development Minister said, adding that it’s the “mindset and philosophy of Congress which has to be blamed for the current scenario”.

Seeking to dispel the perception that the PM has been silent on a string of issues, Naidu said, “Whenever required, he (Modi) had categorically condemned the acts and appealed to people to maintain peace. “He has already said that the ‘mantra of unity’ should be the medium of our thinking and behaviour..Modi does not want to be distracted from his focus on development”. He said Congress has grown intolerant since Modi received the massive mandate (to govern) and is feeling “frustrated” because of the emergence of an alternative view following change of regime.

“These people who always thrust one view on the country all these years are not ready to tolerate the other view emerging now. One particular line of thinking has been patronised and individuals and institutions were propped up in the name of one family. “No other worlview or perspective was allowed to be expressed or grow. When such individuals have to make way for others, it is not palatable for them because they feel it is their monopoly,” Naidu said.

He said the common people will understand this and could hold a debate on this. “It is good that a debate takes place and people know who is encouraging the fissiparous and divisive forces, who is intolerant as there is an opportunity now for the other view also to be expressed, heard and reported,” the minister said.

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