Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said BJP does not want to communalise or polarise the UP elections, but the state government must address the issue if there is even some evidence of migration from Kairana.
On why the government has not been able to bring back Vijay Mallya from the UK, Jaitley said, "Britain has one of the highest standards of civility in public life and therefore for Britain to become a heaven for any absconder out of India is something that I cannot fathom. "British government has taken a position that if you enter the Britain with a valid passport, then we are not going to deport a person, you come in by way of extradition. And conventionally they have been very slow and reluctant in extraditing people.
Jaitley also took on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, accusing his Aam Aadmi Party government of giving advertisements to only "friendly" media and not to the media houses that are critical.
In an interview to a news channel, the senior BJP leader maintained that 'Ram Mandir' will not be made an electoral issue in UP, where assembly elections are due next year, and his party is not looking to polarise the state to win votes.
A major controversy has erupted over alleged migration from Kairana in western UP, although the state administration has questioned any religion-specific migration there.
"We don't want in anyway to communalise or polarise the election, but if there is even some evidence of migration taking place from Kairana, it's an important issue that the state government there must address it," he said.
Asked about the statements being made by some BJP leaders from the region, Jaitley said, "At the end of the day, whatever statements are made in public domain are in public domain. But, I only tell you ultimately it is the party president who determines the stand of the party and therefore as far as electoral strategy of UP is concerned,” he said and added, "Even in earlier elections, even though BJP stands committed to build a temple in Ayodhya, we have always said that we are not going to make it an election issue. For us its much more than an election issue."
On another controversy surrounding the censor board and on whether its chief Pahlaj Nihalani would be sacked, Jaitley who also holds charge of Information and Broadcasting Ministry said, "I am reasonably certain, that once we are able to announce those new guidelines (for Central Board of Film Certification), the roles of individuals will get diluted.
"How to deal with the individuals, I think you should trust the government. The government will deal with them and advise restraint or take whatever appropriate action is required in the matter," he said.