At a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi has struck a conciliatory note with opposition, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu today said the Centre was ready to discuss the issue of intolerance in the ongoing session of Parliament if Opposition allows the House to function.
Naidu also alleged that Opposition parties and some “pseudo-intellectuals” are “exaggerating” stray incidents that happened in states being “ruled by the Congress and their friends” with an aim to “tarnish” India’s image amid efforts to secure a permanent seat in the UN Security Council.
“The BJP government is ready to discuss (the issue of) intolerance if opposition shows tolerance and allows the House to function. Some of the so-called intelligentsia are worried that they are losing their grip over cultural and literary organisations,” the Parliamentary Affairs Minister said, adding the protests on the issue are being “manufactured”.
“Entire campaign on intolerance is nothing but part of a campaign to slander the democratically-elected government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Those who could not defeat Modi in polls have launched the disinformation campaign for political reasons,” he said.