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Pune: ‘Disinformation’ campaign is being spread against the BJP, says Nitin Gadkari

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Pune: Accusing “some people” of resorting to communal politics and creating fear among Dalits, Muslims and other minorities, Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday said a “disinformation” is being spread that the BJP is trying to change the Constitution.

Sometimes, communal issues are raked up. For some people, fear is the capital. They play communal politics by spreading venom of communalism in society, and by doing this such people create fear among Dalits, Muslims and minorities,” Gadkari said. In an apparent reference to the caste violence in Bhima-Koregaon village near here in January, Gadkari said Pune was a “fine example” of this divisive trend.

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“A disinformation is being spread that we are changing the Constitution of India written by Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. But it was the Congress which altered the Constitution 72 times,” the senior minister said. Attacking the Congress, he said: “During the Emergency (1975-77), they altered it and now they are talking against us.” The minister for road transport and highways, water resources and Ganga rejuvenation said one should not politicise development works. Addressing a press conference to highlight the Modi government’s achievements in the past four years, the BJP leader also took potshots at opposition parties over the issue of electronic voting machines.