Prime Min­is­ter is of the na­tion, not the BJP: Pun­jab & Haryana HC

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Chandigarh: The Prime Min­is­ter is of the na­tion and not the BJP, the Pun­jab and Haryana High Court re­marked on Satur­day dur­ing a spe­cial hear­ing held in the wake of the ri­ots that en­gulfed the two states on Fri­day. The court termed the Cen­tre’s re­sponse to the vi­o­lence as “only a knee-jerk re­ac­tion.” The three-mem­ber bench asked, “Why do you (the Cen­tre) treat the re­gion as colonies? Na­tional in­tegrity is above par­ties. Are we one na­tion or a party na­tion? He is the Prime Min­is­ter of not the BJP but of In­dia. Is Haryana not a part of In­dia? Why are Pun­jab and Haryana treated like stepchil­dren?” in re­sponse to Ad­di­tional So­lic­i­tor Gen­eral Satya Pal Jain’s ar­gu­ment that such vi­o­lence had also hap­pened in states ruled by other po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

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