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Intolerance ‘biggest threat’ to nation: Digvijaya Singh

Digvijaya-Singh

New Delhi, Nov. 30 : Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Monday criticised the BJP-led NDA Government over growing intolerance and said it is the biggest threat to the nation.

“Intolerance is the biggest threat to the country; debate should happen not only in the Parliament but outside as well,” Singh told the media here.

The Congress leader also asked the BJP to look into its past.

“If the Bharatiya Janata Party is honest then did they sack Giriraj Singh? What action was taken on Yogi Adityanath, Sadhvi Prachi and others who were giving such statements? There is no bigger issue than dividing the country,” he said.

The Lok Sabha today took up discussion arising on the outcry of intolerance in the country. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan urged the members to discuss the matter constructively in a peaceful manner.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also sought suggestions from the members to deal with the incidents across the country. He, however, clarified that there is no intolerance in the country.

CPI (M) leader Mohammed Salim, initiating the discussion, said there is a need for corrective measures to deal with the issue.

Asserting that democracy is all about debate and discussion, Salim said the Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and expression to every citizen. Without making reference to anyone, he said, calling the incidents as manufactured is incorrect. (ANI)