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BJP spokesperson Patra non-committal on Uniform Civil Code, Education Policy



National spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Sambit Patra, with his party’s government at the Centre presently facing a backlash over its decisions such as abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and passing of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), on Wednesday refrained from making any concrete statement as to when the Narendra Modi government would implement the Uniform Civil Code as well as roll-out the new National Education Policy replacing the contentious Right to Education Act 2009.

“Anything about the Uniform Civil Code will result in instigation of people, and hence I am refraining from making any statement on the same,” he added, while just maintaining that the Union government in its national budget for the year 2020-21 has made an allocation of Rs 99,600 for the education sector, and another Rs 3,000 crore for skill development.

The BJP, while releasing its manifesto for Lok Sabha polls last year, had stated that it was committed towards implementing Uniform Civil Code in the country, while the Narendra Modi government, during its earlier tenure had prepared a new National Education Policy, whose implementation has been inordinately delayed. 

Patra, who is in Goa, was speaking during an interactive programme in the city, attended by the eminent citizens, on the topic ‘Building Foundations of a New India: Central Budget for financial year 2020-21’.

Speaking on the occasion, Patra said that the simplification of the tax system, by offering two options for the tax payers, in this budget is the highlight of the recently presented annual financial statement of the Modi government. “Furthermore, slashing corporate tax rate to 22 per cent from 30 per cent for existing companies and to 15 per cent from 25 per cent for new manufacturing companies is an indication that the government respects the corporate wealth creators and wants the investors to come to India,” he added.

The national BJP spokesperson also stated that although the global market is now experiencing financial meltdown, it has not affected the Indian market very much, as Indian economy is still the brightest and fastest due to its strong fundamentals. “In fact, Indian economy has reached the 5th position from the 9th position at the global level, since Modi government came to power in the country in 2014,” he added.

Reacting to the Citizenship Amendment Act-related agitations in the country, Patra said that they have been taken up “under a certain agenda” and are initially targeted towards harming the Modi government, and then the country itself.

“The CAA is not aimed towards snatching anyone’s rights but handing over the rights,” he observed, maintaining that India protected its minorities since 1947 so as to take their percentage from 9 per cent to 17 per cent, but Pakistan either converted or murdered their minorities, reducing their percentage to a meagre 1.5 per cent.

Patra also condemned the Congress regime stating that the people stopped dreaming under this regime and had become “status quoits”.

He further condemned all those who tried to denigrate India recently, before the visiting US President Donald Trump, over the CAA issue, further stating, “The US president however showed enough maturity and had praises for India and the Modi government.”      

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, Deputy Chief Minister Chandrakant Kavalekar, state BJP president Sadanand Tanawde, and the Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), Vinay Tendulkar were also present on the occasion.

Earlier, the city-based chartered accountant, Santosh Kenkre made a brief presentation on national budget 2020-21, pointing its highlights. 

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