Congress lashes out at Narendra Modi and Amit Shah over lynching incidents

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala asked BJP chief Amit Shah whether it was not a fact that more than 50 cases of lynching and mob justice had taken place in the country in the three years of the BJP rule.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: July 2, 2017 11:13 pm
narendra modi news, amit shah news, india news, indian express news Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah. (File/Photo)

The Congress on Sunday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah and said it was high time they took “corrective action” against the mob frenzy and lynching incidents across the country, which President Pranab Mukherjee had rightly flagged. It is high time the BJP government takes note of this widespread mob frenzy and lynching incidents, rightly flagged by the President of India and Congress president.

“Instead of falsification, lies and distortion, without any facts or numbers, the BJP would do better to take note of the anger which is engulfing the citizens of India against the vigilantism by their own partymen,” said Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.

He said three years had passed since the BJP came to power at the Centre and “we have seen enough of platitudes, speeches and alibis, it is time for some corrective action”.

Hitting out at Shah, the Congress leader said even the president had shown the “mirror of truth” to the BJP on the growing incidents of “mob frenzy” which had become “irrational, uncontrollable” and had tacit protection and support of the government, yet the BJP chief had resorted to “falsehood and utter brazenness”.

Shah, he said, instead of listening to the “conscience keeper of the nation”, had “most shamelessly chosen to ignore the reality of a bizarre yet concerted ‘Lynching Movement’, which the government had overtly supported and encouraged in the last few months”.

Surjewala also asked Shah whether it was not a fact that more than 50 cases of lynching and mob justice had taken place in the country in the three years of the BJP rule.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks about a new India. Is this the new India his party wants to create, where ruthless mobs take the law in their own hands and hapless people are lynched and beaten to death?,” he asked.

Surjewala alleged that the Sangh Parivar organisations “associated with the BJP”, including the Bajrang Dal and the VHP, had actively been “instrumental” in many of these dastardly acts. “Why has no action been taken against them?,” he asked.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi had, recently at the Sabarmati Ashram, said vigilante justice in the name of Gau Raksha (cow protection) was completely unacceptable. He had made a similar statement in August last year. But, nothing seems to have changed.

“Why doesn’t the voice of Modi, who sheds crocodile tears occasionally (for public consumption) by invoking Gandhiji and Vinoba Bhave, never reach the vigilante, nor is the rule of law and Constitution upheld to punish them?,” he asked.

Surjewala said Nityanand Mahato, the media in-charge of the BJP’s Ramgarh unit in Jharkhand, was arrested by the police yesterday over an incident of mob lynching of a man which was reported from the eastern state last week.

Mahato, he alleged, had instigated the mob and added that a video of the incident not only showed that the BJP leader was present at the spot, but that he dragged the deceased, Alimuddin Ansari, out of his vehicle.

“As he (Mahato) kept watching, the mob thrashed Ansari mercilessly,” he alleged quoting the Jharkhand Police.

“Will Shri Amit Shah blame the Congress-UPA for the merciless death of these individuals, in which his own partymen are involved?,” the Congress spokesperson asked.

He claimed that such incidents of mob lynching had occurred in “every BJP-ruled state”.

“Rumours are spread by the vested interests to mobilise the mobs, who then are encouraged to attack their targets with a state-aided licence to kill,” alleged the Congress spokesperson.

Surjewala said Modi and Amit Shah must had taken note of the nationwide protests launched by the citizens and civil society groups, which had once again “shaken the conscience” of the nation.

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  1. S
    Jul 4, 2017 at 12:44 pm
    RBI should not give any more chance to change old banned notes !!!! If RBi permits again to deposit banned notes, it means, it pave a way to inject all Black money of Politicians and rich industrialists. It is understood that politicians and rich industrialists may be pressurizing Government to deposit their black money, but Government and RBi should not give any more chance to accept those black money. Definitely they are not genuine. Who assures that the money are white and genuine ? Why government or for what interest they have to permit to accept banned notes ???? People need a justified reply from Government if they accept again.... If they do so means, Government would be apart to inject/accept black money.........
    1. P
      Jul 4, 2017 at 9:45 am
      The two will be remembered for destroying the country with bloody Communal ism through their Cow Terrorists Lynching innocents day night all over the country and bringing bad re tion like ISIS doing in Syria and Iraq.
      1. S
        Jul 4, 2017 at 8:32 am
        I am supporting all credible action of PM Modi. But he and Mr.Amit Shah also partly responsible for the Lynching problem in India now days. They cannot escape from their responsibility for this crime. They should immediately take some concrete steps to stop this dangerous act. BJP ground level workers are taking advantages and this will spoil the re tion of the party also. We should not make an impression which may pollute other religion. Before the damages are getting big, PM and Mt.Amit should take some step.
        1. V
          Jul 4, 2017 at 4:11 am
          One is mass Murderer and other is Encounter Dracula.
          1. S
            Jul 3, 2017 at 11:53 am
            Why should we blame both of these shrewd Gujjus?They are selling religion and patriotism as a good business men.It is we Indians who are foolish , stupid , s who are buying it without a second thought.Is taking revenge on my countrymen for wrongs of long dead Aristocrats my Culture?Is lynching, murdering , bombing dalits and minorities in the name of Hinduism, ever correct?Is this Ram Rajya? Where justice is destroyed by injustice, or truth by falsehood, while the judges look on, there they shall also be destroyed(law of Bhagwan Manu,chp8)
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