“The BJP government’s welfare programs did not discriminate on the basis of religion; sabka saath, sabka vikas is the ideology of the BJP ‘

Bhupender Yadav and economist Ila Patnaik on Time Now | Photo credit: Times Now

New Delhi: In an exclusive conversation with Navika Kumar, Editor-in-Chief of Times Network Group and Editor-in-Chief of Times Now Navbharat, Union Cabinet Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change and Labor and Employment Bhupender Yadav and economist Ila Patnaik spoke at length about their book “The Rise of the BJP” .

Expressing his views on Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Yadav said that Golwalkar ji played an important role in shaping Sangh’s nationalist perspective. He called Golwalkar, who is fondly remembered as Guruji, as a very progressive and spiritual individual. The essence of RSS evolved from Golwalker, the Union Minister stressed.

When asked to comment on allegations that the RSS interferes with the functioning of the BJP, Bhupender Yadav said this is not true and that the Sangh does not interfere in the leadership and financial matters of the party.

The Union Minister declined to say anything about Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s statement that the 2022 UP elections will be 80% to 20%, saying only the CM can answer in what context he made these remarks.

He pointed out that the current government led by Narendra Modi at the Center is focused on “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas” and working for the upliftment of every person in the country, regardless of caste and religion.

Meanwhile, Ila Patnaik has been adamant that there are many instances where the RSS and the BJP are not on the same wavelength on economic policies.

Whether it is Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana or other welfare initiatives launched by the BJP government, everyone, whether Muslim, Christian, Jain or Parsi, no discrimination has been made. on a religious basis and everyone has benefited, she said.

When asked by Navika Kumar if there was a problem writing a book with someone from BJP since she was herself from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Patnaik replied, “For me the most important thing was to understand the BJP. For that, we have to look at it historically. Being from JNU and having the desire to learn and curiosity has helped me.

“How can I understand the economic policies of the BJP? You have to look at him historically and what he tried to do… rather than just watch an episode, ”she said.

Addressing the politics of the dynasty, Bhupender Yadav said that the BJP is a party that allows people to enter at the junior level and gives them the space to rise. “There is democracy in the party. It is not a family rule,” he said.

Expressing his take on demonetization, Patnaik said, “It did not serve the purpose of flushing out black money, but it did lead to the founding of things like UPI which came in handy later on,” adding that “I will no longer recommend such a policy to my country or any other nation.”

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