Former Prime Minister and JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda, today, accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of wanting to make India a “Hindu Rashtra”. He alleged that Modi has the idea to make this entire country a Hindu Rashtra. “Am I a not a Hindu ? Am I a Muslim or Christian or Buddist? We take all religions into confident”, he added.
He sought to know as to why article 370 of the Constitution that gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir should be abolished. He recalled that when Kashmir joined India after an agreement with the then Maharaja there, Article 370 (was agreed upon).
There are Buddhists there (in J&K), Muslims, Hindus, Brahmins, Pandits, and there are many communities there. After looking into the atmosphere that existed there, a decision was arrived at, he added. Advocating a system where all communities coexist together, Gowda reminded about Mahtma Gandhi’s efforts to bring in peace in communal violence hit Noakhali in Bengal, He added “…Gandhi got us freedom… Did these people (BJP) get us freedom? Ambedkar gave us constitution.”
“… you (BJP) may have your ideas, if 130 crore people of Hindustan agree with the idea, let that test also happen during this election,” he added.