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Congress slams BJP over remarks by its Rajasthan candidate ‘Samvidhanik Badlav’

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Congress slams BJP over remarks by its Rajasthan candidate 'Samvidhanik Badlav'

BJP’s Jyoti Mirdha is contesting from Rajasthan’s Nagaur. (Deposit)

New Delhi:

The Congress on Tuesday claimed that after Anantkumar Hegde, another leader of the ruling BJP, Jyoti Mirdha, had openly declared that the party’s aim was to amend the Constitution, while asserting that it was a ” deliberate strategy.”

Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor shared a post on the saffron party to obtain a majority in Parliament. both houses of Parliament can make constitutional amendments.

“After Anant Hegde let the cat out of the bag, BJP leaders hastily handed him over and removed him from their list of candidates. Today, another BJP candidate is openly claiming that the BJP’s objective is to change the Constitution,” Mr. Tharoor said on X.

How many more candidates can the BJP disavow for revealing the truth, he asked.

Reacting to Mr Tharoor’s message, Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said on X: “This is all orchestrated by the MahaSutradhar himself. It is a deliberate strategy.” Congress MP MK Raghavan also shared the video on the microblogging platform and said, “BJP candidate Jyoti Mirdha, contesting from Nagaur, Rajasthan, was talking about how BJP is planning to amend the Constitution. “BJP MP Anant Hegde also said that the BJP will amend the Constitution if it gets 400 seats in the Lok Sabha elections,” he said.

In the video, Mr. Mirdha can be heard saying, “Desh ke hit mein kai kathor nirnay karne padte hain. Unke liye humein samvidhanik badlav karne padhte hain. Agar samvidhan ke andar humein koi badlav karna hota hai toh aap mein se kai log jaante hain uske liye dono jo humare sadan hain, Lok Sabha aur Rajya Sabha, unke andar haami chahiye hoti hai (Several difficult decisions have to be taken in the interest of the country. We have to make constitutional amendments for them. If we have to make amendments to the Constitution, many of you know that we need the green light from both Houses of Parliament, the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha). “Lok Sabha mein aaj BJP aur NDA ke pas prachand bahumat hai, us mein koi kami nahi hai, lekin Rajya Sabha mein aaj bhi humari majority nahi hai. Agar est baar teesri baar NDA ki sarkar aati hai…. (In the Lok Sabha, BJP and NDA have a massive mandate, but we still don’t have a majority in Rajya Sabha. If the NDA government comes back to power for the third time…),” she was quoted as saying.

Responding to Mr Tharoor’s criticism, Ms Mirdha said: “As far as I know, the aim of the BJP is to serve the national and public interest as expressed in the democratic discourse. And if for these purposes the Constitution must be amended, then so be it.” “More recently, the cat was let out of the bag by the 106th Constitutional Amendment relating to the Women’s Reservations Bill in September of the last year, which it seems you reluctantly helped out with,” she said.

Ms. Mirdha also shared on , which in my opinion is not only unnecessary but also completely undesirable.”

All the distinguished people who criticize this know the law and the Constitution well, she said.

“And they all know that from 1950 to last year, 106 amendments were made to the Constitution. The most recent and historic amendment last year finally fulfilled our decades-long dream of a 33-year reservation. % of women in Parliament, which was also strongly supported by these same people in Parliament.

“In the past, many amendments have been made in the Constitution keeping in mind the national and public interest,” Ms. Mirdha said.

“It is imperative to say that our sacred Constitution is a living document, amended from time to time keeping in mind the welfare of the people and the country,” she said.

The reference to Baba Saheb Ambedkar used to criticize me is also misplaced, Ms. Mirdha said in her clarification, adding that he too had foreseen the necessity and had therefore provided Article 368 of the Constitution for amendment.

“So any politics regarding my statement does not reflect a healthy state of mind,” she said.

Sharing MS Mirdha’s video, Congress said in a post on an overwhelming majority in both houses. BJP MP Anant Hegde also said that if we get 400 seats in the Lok Sabha elections, we will amend the Constitution.” “It is clear from these statements that the BJP and Prime Minister Modi hate the Constitution and democracy. By abolishing the Constitution given by Babasaheb, the BJP wants to snatch the rights of the people,” the Congress alleged.

Ms. Mirdha’s remarks come days after the BJP this time excluded former Union minister Hegde, a six-term Lok Sabha member from Uttara Kannada, from its list of candidates for the parliamentary elections.

Addressing a rally in Karwar, Karnataka, Mr. Hegde said the BJP needed a two-thirds majority in both Houses of Parliament to amend the Constitution and “correct the distortions and unnecessary additions in it.” were made by Congress.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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