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Fight Between Father And Son In SP Is Painful, Says Home Minister Rajnath Singh

Singh was evasive on whether he would to go back a Uttar Pradesh chief minister.

03/01/2017 1:48 PM IST | Updated 03/01/2017 2:03 PM IST
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Home Minister Rajnath Singh referring to the internecine fight in the Samajawadi party said that the fight between father and son was painful, specially for a sensitive man like him.

The Home Minister was speaking to a small group of journalists in New Delhi on Tuesday.

"But the internecine fight is damaging the state and next government will have to undo the damage," the minister said.

The Home Minister, however, chose not to answer whether he would consider the post of chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. The BJP in UP hasn't projected a chief ministerial candidate yet. Singh has been chief minister of UP for about a year and half between 2000 and 2002.

"Demonetisation has had effect on Maoists, I say this on the basis of intelligence inputs and some bank accounts have been frozen."

The BJP has previously fought elections without projecting a chief ministerial candidate, the Home Minister said indicating that BJP may not project anyone for as a chief ministerial candidate and instead depend on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to get through the elections.

On demonetisation the Home Ministry made a somewhat contradictory statement.

"The effects of demonetisation on terrorism is too early to predict," the minister said. He later, however, amended his stand and said, "Demonetisation has had effect on Maoists, I say this on the basis of intelligence inputs and some bank accounts have been frozen."

The Home Minister was also evasive on whether demonetisation would help the BJP in UP. "Some decisions can't be looked at from the prism of immediate political gains and losses. The decision to demonetise was taken in national interest," he said.

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