Amit Shah Won't Accept Intolerance Rising in the Country, Says Pawan Khera

Indian PM Narendra Modi speaking at a rally in Mumbai on Oct 18 2019. Indian billionaire Rahul Bajaj said the government was doing a good job but despite that businesses are not confident it would appreciate if they openly criticise

"These are facts which we need to first accept".

Shaw said it was unfortunate that a positive response from Amit Shah was followed by comments from various Bharatiya Janata Party leaders "which are not correct".

Shaw's remarks came a day after veteran industrialist Rahul Bajaj said the people were afraid to criticise the government.

In his comments, Bajaj had said there was a perception that the government couldn't take criticism and that there was a climate of fear.

Khera, meanwhile, also expressed the confidence that the alliance of Congress, JMM and RJD will be able to uproot BJP from Jharkhand, where the elections for the 81-member Assembly are now ongoing.

Shah had responded to him saying there is "no need to fear about anything". "Mr Bajaj, who prefaced his remarks by announcing "you are doing real work", counseled the Home Minister "...if we criticise you there's no such thing as a self belief that you may possibly enjoy that". "Rahul Bajaj said at the time of UPA govt we could criticize govt".

He raised questions over tax terrorism, Pragya Thakur's "Godse was a patriot" remarks in the Parliament, and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief, Mohan Bhagwat's statement that lynching is a foreign concept.

Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, too was scathing in his attack for Bajaj as he wrote, "That Mr Rahul Bajaj could stand up to Sh @AmitShah Ji's face, express himself freely & instigate others to join him clearly indicate that freedom of expression & democratic values are alive & flourishing in India".

"None of our industrial friends will speak about it, but I'll say that openly", Bajaj told an audience in Mumbai on Saturday that included one of Modi's most-trusted aides, Amit Shah.

Bajaj also referred to PM Modi's reaction to Pragya Thakur's earlier reference to Godse as a "deshbhakt" in May, saying "the prime minister had said it would be very hard for him to forgive her". "I may be wrong but everyone feels that", Bajaj said. Questions/criticisms are heard and answered/addressed. As far as the timeline for removing restriction on internet, the minister said that as this is a law and order issue, the local administration would take decision in this regard.

"Always a better way to seek an answer than spreading one's own impressions which, on gaining traction, can hurt national interest", she said.

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