Monday, 21 August, 2017

Lynchings by cow vigilante are targeted killings: TMC

Congress leader Raj Babbar was allegedly injured in police action in UP Congress leader Raj Babbar was allegedly injured in police action in UP
Erik Tate | 01 August, 2017, 22:56

"It becomes the responsibility of state governments to follow his instructions", he said.

Rijiju said the PM had spoken strongly against those indulging in violence in the name of cow protection but leaders of opposition parties had never shown the same promptness when such incidents happened under their regimes.

While Congress accused the Narendra Modi-led government of encouraging organisations behind the violence in the garb of cow vigilantism, BJP slammed the opposition for repeatedly targeting it saying many cases cited by them are sub-judice, according to Indian Express.

He alleged that this government was against minorities, Dalits and women, claiming that these sections had borne the maximum brunt of mob violence.

"Do you want the Prime Minister to break the federal structure and take over the state machinery?" he asked.

Kharge said "Hindustan" should not be allowed to become "lynchistan", replying that violence in the name of religion and cow protection began only after BJP assumed power.

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While comparing the national song to mob lynching, Hukumdev raised Vande Mataram issue and said, "Why is it wrong to say Vande Mataram these days? What action have you taken against these groups?" he asked. While Union Minister Of State Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said that every state has a right to take action against mob lynching and the central government has nothing to do with this issue. "Your (BJP) ideology is the cause of lynchings", Kharge said in the Lok Sabha, while initiating a discussion on "the situation arising out of reported incidents of atrocities and lynching in mob violence in the country".

He said opposition was raising these issues as they are short of ammunition to take on Modi government.

All-India Trinamool Congress MPs protested, to which Mr. Rijiju said the figures were sent by State governments. This money could be their seed money to get another loan, but now you have totally damaged rural economy.

Nationalist Congress Party's Supriya Sule supported Paswan's suggestion.

However, he did not agree with Opposition parties' demand that the Prime Minister must speak on this issue in the Lower House. "He says something and does something else", Mr. Kharge said, seeking to know how many First Information Reports had been filed and how numerous accused were in jail. The Congress leader further said his party would not raise the issue of the suspension of six of its members if the House took up the lynching issue for discussion.

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