After Sitharaman, Madhav advises Pak PM to not intervene in Indian elections
By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  Apr 19, 2019, 03:35 PM
BJP general secretary, Ram Madhav, while speaking to reporters in New Delhi, said that the country didn’t need advisers or suggestions from “across the border”, referring to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent statement that the two countries would have a better chance at peace talks if Modi came back to power after the ongoing general elections.
Earlier, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had also remarked on Imran Khan’s statement, claiming that the whole issue might possibly be a ploy by the Congress party to portray the BJP in a bad light.
Madhav further said that the people of India are “wise enough” to choose their government, and “it would be better if Imran kept off Indian general elections”, and kept his opinions to himself.
When questioned about former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s jibe at the BJP fielding alleged ‘Hindu terrorist’ Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, Madhav replied that the PDP chief was only “concerned about terrorists and not the citizens of the country”. He further said that the people must have trust in the Election Commission and that a screening process is in place for who can file the nomination. He said that ‘no one can just go and ask for a person to be banned from contesting the election’.
Reporters asked him about the Opposition Party accusing the BJP for politicising the armed forces of the country, to which the former RSS spokesperson replied, “It is the Opposition which is trying to gain political or electoral mileage by invoking the Balakot issue and raising doubts about our Army’s actions. They are not questioning the government but the very credentials of the Army itself”.
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