State Govts which do not believe in Hindutva ‘not safe’ in India under Modi rule

Yashwant Sinha, the Opposition's Presidential candidate, slammed the Centre for having 'no respect' for the federal structure of the country.

Sinha, said that any government which believes in the Constitution and Secularism and does not believe in Hindutva is not safe in India.

This shows that this ruling party at the Centre and the government of India have absolutely no respect for the federal structure of our Constitution.” They are violating one convention after convention of the Constitution.

Speaking to reporters, Sinha said State Governments are being denied their rights and the posts of Governors are misused, and they are acting as agents of the party in power at the Centre. This has to be stopped along with the misuse of the government agencies.

“I was listening to the speech of the leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Maharashtra and he was constantly talking of Hindutva and he was saying that we brought down Maharashtra government because it did not believe in Hindutva. Which means that any government which believes in the Constitution, which does not believe in Hindutva but believes in secularism is not safe in this country,"

The top office could act as a 'restraining influence' on the executive of the day and "you cannot have in a person who will be the prisoner of the Prime Minister, as President." Contrary to the usual practice, it was not the candidate but Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself handed over the nomination papers of the BJP nominee Droupadi Murmu.

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Sources: The Print | First Post | New India Express