Freedom of expression, nationalism co-exist: BJP

RSTV Bureau
Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti at BJP National Executive in Delhi on March 19, 2016.

Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti at BJP National Executive in Delhi on March 19, 2016.

Amid a controversy over the recent JNU row, BJP today said freedom of expression does not give a right to call for the country’s destruction, with the issue finding a pride of place in the political resolution adopted at its National Executive meeting here.

The issue of nationalism continued to take the centre stage in the deliberations after party chief Amit Shah set the tone in his inaugural address yesterday saying BJP will not tolerate any attack on the nation, with the dominant mood in BJP being to put the Congress in a corner on the issue.

Briefing the media on the resolution, Union Minister Arun Jaitley said “freedom of expression and nationalism do necessarily co-exist” and the Constitution gives full freedom for expressing dissent and disagreement, but not the country’s destruction.

Asked if the Executive also discussed the row over the slogan ‘Bharat mata ki jai’, Jaitley said the party believes it is an issue over which there should be no debate and sought to buttress his point by referring to yesterday’s Indo-Pak match where spectators reportedly raised the slogan after India’s win.

(With agency inputs).