BJP National President Amit Shah
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President Amit Shah said on Saturday that under the NDA regime Indian security forces have been retaliating strongly whenever Pakistan resorts to ceasefire violations along the Indo-Pak border and will continue to take similar action in future.”After BJP formed the government, Indian forces have been giving fitting reply whenever there have been ceasefire violations and will continue to do so in future,” he said. Shah, who was here to attend BJP core committee meeting, was responding to a question on increased ceasefire violations by Pakistan which fired on several BSF posts in Samba and Kathua districts of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting strong retaliation by India. On government formation in Jammu and Kashmir, he said all options were open for BJP and hoped a decision would be taken soon. “All options are open for BJP in Jammu & Kashmir. We are looking at all possibilities to form government. I am hoping that a decision will come in this regard anytime,” he said. BJP, which emerged the second largest party bagging 25 seats in the 87-member Assembly behind PDP (28 seats), has sought more time from Governor N N Vohra as it was holding talks with both People’s Democratic Party and National Conference (15 seats).When a reporter pointed to NC leader Omar Abdullah’s recent tweet that there was no deal with BJP, Shah said “Do you believe that Omar Abdullah will reveal all truth to you? …even I cannot tell about it.”Asked about opposition charge that the CBI’s image had dipped after a special court in Mumbai discharged him in the case of Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter killing, Shah said the verdict was given by the court which does not come under the ambit of the government. “The clean chit was given by the court, and courts do not come under government’s purview.It works under the supervision of the Supreme Court. I wouldn’t like to comment any more on the issue, my party and my lawyer will speak on it,” he said.On VHP’s controversial ‘ghar wapsi’ programme, Shah urged all ‘secular’ parties to support BJP’s proposal for a law to stop forceful conversions.”This is not a programme of the government. We (BJP) are against forceful conversion. The so-called secular parties should support BJP in bringing in a law to stop forceful conversion,” he said, ruing that they have not come forward.On reports that Congress planned to form Bharatiya Hindu Samaj on the lines of VHP, Shah said everybody has the right to form such outfits. “All people – Muslims and Christians are independent to form such groups. Everybody has the right to do so,” he said.To a question on opposition to land acquisition ordinance, Shah said the government had brought it only after giving a serious thought considering infrastructure development in urban and rural areas.