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India will go Pak way if armed forces 'intermixed' with political class: Dharamvir Gandhi

Press Trust of India  |  Patiala 

Sitting and Democratic Alliance candidate from Patiala, Dharamvir Gandhi, feels the BJP's nationalism is chauvinism and that will go Pakistan's way if the armed forces are "intermixed" with the political class.

The 67-year-old lawmaker also accused the of usurping the power of states and giving a free hand to right-wing "fringe" groups such as the Hindu Mahasabha, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad the Bajrang Dal.

On the BJP's high-pitched nationalism narrative, Gandhi said, "It's not nationalism but chauvinism. To be nationalistic is one thing, to be chauvinist and spread hatred is other."

"I am not for chauvinistic agenda. I am a proud Indian and a proud Punjabi, but I do not hate It is as beautiful as India," he said.

He also said it's wrong on the part of the to take credit for the surgical strikes conducted by the armed forces.

"It is definitely wrong (taking credit for surgical strikes). The only thing why has not gone Pakistan's way is that the was kept away from the government agenda and the political class... has borne the brunt of intermixing its with the civil administration. will be no different," he said.

Asked if the tried to score brownie points by saying that former liberated Bangladesh, the said, "Definitely. I don't endorse Pakistan's oppression against Bangla people, but India's role in it was wrong."


Accusing the NDA government of polarising society, he said, "The events which have happened, for example, in Gujarat, Bhima Koregaon in Maharashtra, burning of churches and mosques, etc. This polarisation and divisive agenda are detrimental to the unity of the country.

"India is a bouquet of different religious, cultural, linguistic and racial identities. If you try to pluck a flower, the bouquet will fall apart. Also, a bouquet with only one kind of flowers doesn't look beautiful."

On the issue of the continuing farm crisis in Punjab, Gandhi said, "There's a need for some drastic steps. Subsidising and incentivising agriculture is imperative to save small farmers. The big corporates have their eyes set on the farm sector. It will be either cooperative or corporate."

"Agriculture has already become a loss-making business. The is the only person who doesn't have the right to fix the price of his produce. The government decides the price of his produce and the market economy decides the price of inputs. That's why lakhs of people have quit farming or have committed suicide," he said.

In 2014, Gandhi, who was then with the Aam Aadmi Party, had stunned Chief Minister Amarinder Singh's wife

This time, he hopes his clean image and a stellar report card would help him trounce Kaur again.

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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 12:06 IST
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