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'Only Those Ready to Say Bharat Mata ki Jai Can Live Here': Dharmendra Pradhan Bats for NRC

File Photo of Union Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

File Photo of Union Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

Addressing a function of ABVP, Pradhan asked the critics of the National Register of Citizens if they wanted the country to become a 'Dharam Shala'.

Pune: Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday lashed out at those opposing the National Register of Citizens, asking whether they wanted the country to become a "Dharam Shala" (an open house).

Addressing a function of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad, an RSS-affiliated student union, here, he said people like Bhagat Singh and Subhas Chandra Bose sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the country.

"Are we going to make our country a 'Dharam Shala' now where anyone can roam freely?" he asked.

"Therefore, we need to accept this challenge and we should make sure that only those who are ready to say Bharat Mata Ki Jai can live here," the BJP leader said.

On the challenge of providing employment, Pradhan said organisations like ABVP would have to work towards finding a solution to the issue as automation grows in the industry.

The Narendra Modi government has been batting for NRC as well as the Citizenship Amendment Act despite criticism from the Opposition as well as several activists who call the exercise discriminatory.


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