‘No political organisation can decide on people’s palate’: Rajiv Pratap Rudy

Union Minister for Skill Development Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said no political party or organisation can decide on the taste buds of the people.

Published: 19th July 2017 07:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th July 2017 07:59 AM   |  A+A-

Union Minister for Skill Development Rajiv Pratap Rudy, who is also a licensed commercial pilot, checks out his uniform during a seminar titled ‘An Alternate Development Model For Kerala’ organised by Deendayal Research Institute in Thiruvananthapuram on

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Union Minister for Skill Development Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said no political party or organisation can decide on the taste buds of the people. He told mediapersons here on Tuesday, he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had already made the Government’s and the BJP’s stand clear on the beef issue.

“We do worship cow. But, in the name of cow, we don’t allow anyone to cause a communal divide. The Prime Minister has repeatedly made it clear. We have never supported vigilantism,” Rudy said. 
Coming down heavily on Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s comments on RSS, he said: “RSS is a hardcore nationalist organisation and we are proud of it. And the country has reposed faith in us. The Chief Minister’s comments are uncalled for and unwarranted.”

Referring to CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran’s terming RSS a fascist organisation, he said it was the Kerala Government which had become synonymous with fascism. Asserting the BJP had an issue with the LDF Government here, he asked how the CPM - which had presence only in Kerala and Tripura - could take a national approach. 

“The CPM is forcing us to open refugee camps in Kannur as in Jammu and Kashmir.” 
Following demonetisation, he said further, there had been a sharp decline in extremist activities, with the Left extremism almost wiped out. To a query on farmer suicides and the police action against farmers in Madhya Pradesh, he claimed it was instigated violence.

The BJP Government in MP had provided power, manure and water subsidy and the state has achieved a 20 per cent growth rate on the agricultural front, he said.  Rudy also claimed the Modi Government has managed to bring the nation on the track of progress in three years. 

Referring to Kerala, the Union Minister said the situation in the state was alarming. “Every time I reach Kerala, I notice the immense potential of Kerala to emerge as the most important tourist destination in the country.  I don’t think any other place in the world is more beautiful than Kerala. But we have to examine what is going against Kerala,” he said.


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