BJP not anti-Muslim, it is anti-Pakistan, says Gadkari

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New Delhi, Jan.25 (ANI): Declining that his party is anti-Muslim, Bharatiya Janata Party President Nitin Gadkari on Monday said that his party is in fact anti-Pakistan, anti-Al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and Pakistan's Inter-State-Intelligence agency.

In an exclusive interview with ANI TV, Gadkari said it is wrong to assume that BJP is anti-Muslim and sought to remind all that Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam was made the President of the country during Atal Bihari Vajpayee's regime.

"We are not anti-Muslim. We are anti-Pakistan, anti-Lashkar-e-Taiba, ISI. But we are not anti-Muslim. If the BJP is against Muslims, then you tell me, how Atal Bihari Vajpayee made Dr. Abdul Kalam the President of India? There is a misimpression," said Gadkari.

Gadkari slammed the UPA government over its terrorism policy by saying that it lacks moral courage to fight terrorism due to some reservation, which the people have to find out.

"So, the way in which our Government is working, somewhere there is appeasement for terrorists, that is the smell. And that's why government is not taking the result. What type of people... are expecting from the government. And I don't know what the policy... have but I feel that this government has no courage, no moral courage, having no that much of power to fight against the terrorism because they have some reservation in the minds, what the reservation is, that is really we have to find out." adkari said that BJP is all for modernization but not for westernization and added that with generational change the thinking changes but the main focus remains the same.

"BJP has a modern approach, and particularly myself, I am concerned with the modern things, modern management, modern approach. We are all in favour of modernization but we are not in favour of westernisation. So, there's a difference between modernization and westernisation. And frankly speaking, when the generation is changed, thinking is changed, but spirit is same, target is same, focus is same, only the system is changed and that's why we have no problem to change the system," Gadkari said. By Smita Prakash (ANI)

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