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India, Pak and Bangladesh can become a ”federation”: Paswan

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Hyderabad: Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan today favoured India, Pakistan and Bangladesh becoming a “Mahasanghatan” (federation) with a common currency and open trade, a move, he claimed would put an end to terrorism to a large extent.

“We cannot say if they can reunite or not; if they (the three countries) reunite, it’s very good thing. At least if they don’t become one nation (again), it can become a federation (‘Mahasanghatan’ as he put it),” Paswan told PTI in an interview here.

“Bharat, Pakistan and Bangladesh were all in one nation (earlier),” the LJP chief said when asked for his views on BJP general secretary Ram Madhav’s recent statement that RSS believes that the three nations would one day reunite again not by war but through “popular goodwill”.

“These three nations can become a ‘federation'”, Paswan said, mooting the idea of common currency, open trade and lifting of restrictions on movement of people.

“This will put an end to terrorism to a large extent,” he added.

His comments have come after BJP’s National General Secretary Ram Madhav said that India, Pakistan and Bangladesh will reunite one day to create “Akhand Bharat” or an ‘Undivided India’.

Madhav had told Doha-based Al Jazeera: “The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) still believes that one day these parts, which have for historical reasons separated only 60 years ago, will again, through popular goodwill, come together and ‘Akhand Bharat’ will be created.”

Paswan also described Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s last week’s surprise visit to Lahore as a “masterstroke” and said it is an attempt to link the hearts of the people of the two countries.

“People on both the sides of the border want ‘permanent friendship’ between the two countries. Only terrorists oppose good bilateral relations between New Delhi and Islamabad,” he said.

The Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution said the LJP is fighting for reservation of SCs and STs in private sector.

“Not that you give reservation in all posts… where there is available — Class-III and Class-IV posts, you can give (reservation)”.

Paswan rejected suggestions from opposition parties that ‘Ache Din’ is yet to come for ‘aam aadmi’ even after one-and-half year tenure of the Modi Government, as he listed various initiatives of the Centre, including Jan Dhan Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bhima Yojana and Mudra Bank.