Shiv Sena says delete ‘secular’ & 'socialist' words from Constitution

Shiv Sena said if the words, secular and socialist, were deleted from the Republic Day advertisement by mistake this time, they should be deleted from the Constitution permanently


A day after row erupted over a Republic Day advertisement of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry, the Shiv Sena on Wednesday demanded permanent deletion of the words ‘secular’ and ‘socialist’ from the Constitution.
“We welcome the exclusion of the (secular and socialist) words from the Republic Day advertisement. Though it might have been done inadvertently, it is like honouring the feelings of the people of India. If these words were deleted by mistake this time, they should be deleted from the Constitution permanently,” Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said.
An acrimonious war of words had broken out between political parties Tuesday when an advertisement issued by the I&B Ministry carried a picture of the Preamble to the Constitution as it appeared before the 42nd Amendment, without the words ‘secular’ and ‘socialist’.
Raut said, “From the time they (the words) were included in the Constitution, it is being said that this country can never be secular. Balasaheb Thackeray and before him Veer Savarkar had been saying that India was divided on the lines of religion. Pakistan was created for Muslims, thus, what remains is a Hindu Rashtra”.
The minority community has been used only for political gains, while Hindus are being continuously disrespected, he alleged.
“It is nowhere written in the Constitution that you mete out such treatment to Hindus and use Muslims to garner votes,” he said.
“This mistake on the part of the government has happened only because destiny wants this to happen. Modi is the Prime Minister of India, and his thoughts on Hindutva are strong,” the Sena leader said.
Congress leader Manish Tewari on Tuesday had attacked the Centre on the issue, claiming the government advertisement “deleted” the two words, which was only a prelude to their “substitution” with “communal” and “corporate“.
Minister of State for I&B Rajyavardhan Rathore, however, was quick to dismiss the charge, saying his ministry had only used an “original” picture of the Preamble as it appeared before the Amendment, to “honour” the first Preamble.
The Union Minister also claimed that the same picture had been used in an advertisement by the I&B Ministry in April 2014. Tewari had helmed the ministry at that time.
The advertisement showed a picture of the Preamble in the background with a quote from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and pictures of some citizens in the foreground.
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    Krishna Tirath surprises Congress by joining BJP

    Krishna Tirath is the third high profile woman to have joined the BJP ahead of 7th February Delhi assembly elections after former IPS officer Kiran Bedi and ex-AAP leader Shazia Ilmi


    Former union minister and Congress leader from Delhi Krishna Tirath on Monday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). This would embarrass Congress, which lashed out at BJP for importing leaders in desperation ahead of Delhi assembly election.
    Tirath, a Congress veteran from Delhi, was welcomed in the party fold by BJP chief Amit Shah with a bouquet of flowers.
    The former minister for Woman and Child Development in Manmohan Singh-led government was accompanied by in-charge of party affairs in Delhi Prabhat Jha and city unit BJP president Satish Upadhyay.
    "It is a question of ideology. I met BJP President Amit Shah to serve the people.... I have come with this aim," Tirath, who was a member of the Delhi Legislative Assembly between 1984-2004 and the North West Delhi MP from 2004 till 2014, said after meeting Shah.
    On what would be her role in the BJP, she said the party chief will decide that and added, "My role will be towards public service."
    Congress appeared to be taken aback by Tirath's move to desert the party. Congress leader Ajay Maken said it showed the "nervousness and desperation" of BJP, which is ready to bring any leader in the party fold ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally evoked a "lukewarm" response.
    "They have to import leaders from other parties because they have no faith in their own leaders," he said.
    Tirath is the third high profile woman to have joined the BJP in the past week ahead of 7th February Delhi assembly elections after former IPS officer Kiran Bedi and ex-AAP leader Shazia Ilmi.
    BJP welcomed Tirath's move with party's national secretary Shrikant Sharma saying, "leaders of other parties are inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's agenda of development and want to see that Delhi develops as a world-class city and that is why they are joining BJP."
    Tirath's joining BJP is viewed as an attempt by the party to woo dalit voters in the national capital.
    Shah too had started his poll campaign by addressing a dalit rally.
    Delhi has 12 reserved seats of which a majority were won by the AAP in the last assembly polls in 2013, with BJP winning only two while Congress got one.
    Tirath was earlier a member of the Delhi Assembly and a Minister in the Shiela Dikshit-led Delhi government having portfolios of Social Welfare, SC & ST and Labour & Employment.
    She has been a former Deputy Speaker of Delhi Legislative Assembly and a former Chairperson of Delhi Scheduled Castes Financial and Development Corporation (DSFDC).
    Tirath was the North West Delhi MP since 2004 and has been Minister of State (Independent Charge) Women and Child Development in the previous UPA government.
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    Kiran Bedi joins BJP; to contest Assembly polls in Delhi

    Former supercop Kiran Bedi, who last year declared support for Narendra Modi as the prime ministerial candidate, would contest Delhi Assembly polls from BJP


    Kiran Bedi, former officer from the Indian Police Service (IPS) on Thursday joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Welcoming her into the party, Amit Shah, president of BJP said, "Bedi's entry into BJP will strengthen the party in Delhi. She will contest Assembly polls in the state."
    Bedi was the key member of India Against Corruption movement and was arrested hours before the proposed hunger strike by Anna Hazare in 2011. She later split from the group in November 2012.
    Before the last year's general election, Bedi had declared support for Narendra Modi as the prime ministerial candidate.
    Bedi was the first woman officer in the IPS. She was the Director General at the Bureau of Police Research and Development before voluntarily retiring from the IPS in December 2007.
    In 1994, Bedi was received the Ramon Magsaysay award for Government service.
    Meanwhile, in a jolt to West Bengal chief minister Mamta Banerjee, one of her minister also joined BJP. Trinamool Congress' minister Manjul Krishna Thakur resigned from the Banerjee government and joined hands with BJP.
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    MG Warrier

    5 years ago

    This is the kind of change we should welcome! If BJP can transform itself to accommodate Kiran Bedi's public views on governance, the day is not far off, when the kind of 'Government by consensus with country's interests in view' will become a reality.

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