Asserting that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) does not encourage intolerance in the country, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday attempted to downplay the Shiv Sena’s attack on the BCCI headquarters aimed at disrupting the India-Pakistan cricket talks. Over 50 Sena activists stormed through the gates of Wankhede Stadium and barged into the BCCI cricket centre yesterday, shouting slogans and waving black and saffron flags. Here are the top 9 points to note:
1. Arun Jaitley: There is a need to convey the opinions and differences in a more restrained manner. This applies equally to all. We will all have to have a same standard whether it’s somebody belonging to a political opposition or somebody belonging to a political friend.
2. Arun Jaitley: Nobody in the BJP has resorted to these methods.
3. Arun Jaitley: Two or three (people) made some statements on sensitive issues and the party president has very strongly taken it up with them.
4. Arun Jaitley: The Prime Minister has conveyed his views. And, therefore, all of them have been spoken to.
5. Arun Jaitley: Incidents of intolerance cannot be tolerated.
6. Arun Jaitley: Actions like these are against the traditions of our culture. Publicising acts of vandalism is also a matter of great concern.
7. Arun Jaitley: Incidents of intolerance are condemnable….
8. Arun Jaitley: In democracy there could be differences, but restraint should be exercised and vandalism should be criticised. No place for violence in democracy.
9. Arun Jaitley: Hope we can conduct debates in public space in a more graceful manner