Arun Jaitley criticises support for Amnesty’s anti-national slogans, calls it vote bank politics

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Published: August 21, 2016 3:43:12 PM

Arun Jaitley, Union finance Minister on Sunday, addressing the Tiranga Yatra in Jammu, criticised political parties that supported slogans bearing anti-national sentiments.

arun jaitley, jammu. anti-national, amnesty, abvp, bangalore amnesty, amnesty international, amnesty anti nationalHe added that only the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) openly condemned such an act, in and out of the parliament. (PTI)

Arun Jaitley, Union finance Minister on Sunday, addressing the Tiranga Yatra in Jammu, criticised political parties that supported slogans bearing anti-national sentiments. Talking about the sedition charges filed against Amnesty International in Bengaluru, following their programme, Jaitley said that there are still many political parties who stand openly supporting such sentiments. He cited the example of the Congress in the JNU incident, earlier this year. He said that the Congress Vice President himself along with many other political leaders went to JNU in support of people who should anti-national slogans in the University.

He added that only the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) openly condemned such an act, in and out of the parliament. He accused such political parties to using these incidences to gain political traction and exploit them for the vote bank politics. BJP has been openly against such protests in the past and remains firm in its stand against any incidents involving ‘anti- national’ sentiments. Jaitley said that Karnataka’s Home Minister did not believe that anything wrong happened in Amnesty.

Earlier on Saturday, G Parameshwara, Home Minister of Karnataka had supported the activities of Amnesty International saying that the organisation was not new to the city and there had been no involvement of anyone associated with it in any anti-national activities. He said that the Amnesty International had organised a programme in the city to talk about the atrocities faced by the Kashmiris. A few Kashmiri families were present at the venue. The organisation consoled them and provided them with some sort of mental support, during which the situation escalated and a FIR was lodged.

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