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Union Minister Shekhawat: BJP Can Make Constitutional Changes in National Interest

In a recent interview with ThePrint, Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat drew a vivid analogy between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Ganga river, emphasizing the party’s assimilative nature. Addressing concerns about corruption-tainted politicians joining the BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, Shekhawat likened the BJP to the Ganga, stating that like the river, the party has small tributaries merging into it.

Constitutional Amendments and National Interest

Responding to allegations that the Modi government aims to alter the Constitution, Shekhawat dismissed such claims, asserting that any decisions made would be in the nation’s best interest. He highlighted the flexibility inherent in the Constitution, citing past amendments made by various parties, including the Congress.

Shekhawat underscored that changes to the Constitution have been made when deemed necessary for national welfare. He cited examples such as the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and the introduction of reservation for economically weaker sections. According to him, the Constitution allows for such changes, echoing B.R. Ambedkar’s foresight in designing a flexible framework.

BJP’s Vision and Inclusivity

Addressing concerns over BJP’s inclusivity amidst allegations of tainted leaders joining the party, Shekhawat reiterated the party’s expansive nature, akin to the Ganga’s ability to encompass diverse elements. He emphasized the BJP’s growth from its origins as the Jan Sangh to becoming the world’s largest political party.

Shekhawat defended the entry of politicians from diverse backgrounds into the BJP, portraying it as a natural evolution reflective of the party’s broad appeal. He dismissed criticisms by likening the party to a vast family where all are welcome, with those unable to align with its ethos eventually fading away.

Water Woes and Political Rivalries

Switching gears to local issues, Shekhawat addressed the water crisis in Rajasthan, particularly in his constituency of Jodhpur. He blamed the previous Congress government, led by Ashok Gehlot, for stalling water projects and exacerbating the crisis. Shekhawat vowed to prioritize resolving the water scarcity issue, citing the Modi government’s initiatives to provide tap water to households across the country.

In the face of criticism from opponents, Shekhawat remained steadfast, reiterating his commitment to serving the people and addressing their concerns. He downplayed internal party conflicts, emphasizing the BJP’s cohesive approach to governance and party dynamics.

Union Minister Shekhawat’s remarks shed light on the BJP’s stance on constitutional amendments, inclusivity, and local governance issues. With the Lok Sabha elections on the horizon, his assertions underscore the party’s commitment to national welfare and effective leadership under Prime Minister Modi’s guidance. As political rivalries intensify and challenges persist, Shekhawat remains resolute in his dedication to serving the people and advancing the BJP‘s agenda.

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