‘Mathura, Varanasi Temples & PoK’: CM Himanta on Why BJP’s ‘400 Paar’ Pitch Should Become Reality


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Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. (File pic/PTI)

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. (File pic/PTI)

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had highlighted the protests in the Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK).

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has said if Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) gets 400 seats in Lok Sabha elections, it will build temples at Krishna Janmabhoomi site in Mathura and Gyanvapi mosque area in Varanasi. He added that Pakistan-Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK) will be included in India under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“When the Congress government was in power, we were told that one Kashmir is in India and the other in Pakistan. It was never discussed in our Parliament that Pakistan has ‘Occupied Kashmir,’ it is actually ours. Right now, agitation is happening every day in PoK and people are protesting against Pakistan by holding the Indian tricolour in their hands. If Modi ji gets 400 seats, then PoK will also become India’s. It has already started,” Himanta was quoted by news agency ANI on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had highlighted the protests in the Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK). He reiterated that “PoK has been India and will always be,” adding that people in the region must be comparing their situation with those living in Jammu and Kashmir, pointing out the evident progress in the latter area.

The Pakistan Paramilitary rangers on Monday, unlawfully deployed in PoJK, gunned down several protestors leaving dozens and several others severely wounded.

The incident left several locals of the area injured, as locals in several thousand were out on the streets to raise their demands against taxes on electricity bills, cuts in subsidies and an end to the perks and privileges of the Prime Minister and President.

Meanwhile, CM Sarma, addressing an event in Odisha’s Bhubaneswar, also opposed reservation on the basis of religion and said that there is a need for a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in the country. The BJP leader said all should be equal in the country.

“If a Hindu is allowed to have one wife, why people of other religions can have more than one wife,” Sarma said, adding that a Uniform Civil Code is needed in the country.

The UCC means having a common law for all citizens of the country that is not based on religion. Personal laws and laws related to inheritance, adoption and succession are likely to be covered by a common code.

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