NEW DELHI -- The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday backed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his 'intolerance' remark and affirmed that he has been tirelessly speaking about the need for a tolerant society and that the Government of India is in no way involved in any incident of intolerance.
"We need to bear in mind that with regards to comments on tolerance, the Prime Minister has been consistent. He has been speaking on the need for a tolerant society and he has been speaking about his commitment to the constitution of India from day one. There is no change in that stance and the government of India is in no way involved in any intolerant incident," said BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli to ANI here.
"So, those who make political capital have to bear in mind that the Prime Minister and the government will work according to the constitution and they don't need to make political capital unnecessarily that hurts India's image," he added.
Also describing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's UK visit as a vital one, Kohli said it consolidates cooperation between both countries and provides scope for a lot of work.
"It is definitely an important visit and it consolidates co-operation between India and UK in terms of economic issues, terrorism. The United Kingdom is supporting India's candidature for permanent membership in the UN security council. So, there is a lot of scope for work," he added.
Prime Minister Modi arrived in the United Kingdom yesterday on a three day visit. He has since had delegation-level talks, addressed the British Parliament and the City of London, met representatives of the Sikh community and paid homage before a statue of Mahatma Gandhi.
On Friday, he will be having another round of talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron, both in London and at Chequers, his weekend retreat, besides having lunch with Queen Elizabeth II and addressing the Indian diaspora at the Wembley Stadium.
He will also meet members of the House of Lords and Members of Parliament and attend a reception hosted by Indian High Commissioner Rajan Mathai in London.
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