MT Ramesh was speaking on BJP leader AN Radhakrishnan’s statement that director Kamal should leave the country.

Why should people go to Pakistan let those who respect India return says Kerala BJP leader
news Politics Friday, January 13, 2017 - 18:39

As debates on nationalism and anti-nationalism resurfaced in Kerala after filmmaker Kamal earned the ire of the BJP for calling Prime Minister Modi a "man-eater", a Kerala leader said on Friday that "no one should go to Pakistan."

BJP state secretary MT Ramesh was speaking about the recent controversy over party General Secretary AN Radhakrishnan’s statement that director Kamal should leave the country.

“Why should Indian citizens go to Pakistan? Are they not the ones who should be living in India? There is no need for anybody to go to Pakistan, everyone must live in Bharata. Is Pakistan a place that accepts all those people India does not want? Absolutely not. BJP has not asked anyone to go to Pakistan, but when one lives in this country, one should abide by the Constitution and the law and order in this country,” BJP state secretary MT Ramesh told Mathrubhumi News.

Turning the point around to a statement for India’s intervention in Balochistan and harking back to the old idea of Akhand Bharata, Ramesh also said that people in the neighbouring country who respect India, should return.

“In fact, I am of the opinion that we should bring back people from Pakistan. There are people who love India… Pakistan was earlier part of India. That explains why India has taken a firm stand on the Baluchistan issue,” Ramesh said.

Director Kamal has been under attack from the BJP since his remarks at the International Film Festival of Kerala in December over the playing of the national anthem in theatres before screening of films.

On Thursday, Yuva Morcha activists in Thrissur performed a purification ritual in Kodungallur, where a solidarity meet was held the previous day in support of the film-maker. 

They cleaned the area with cow-dung-mixed water and brooms, insisting that theirs was a constitutional protest against an anti-national. 

 

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