“We should not let Hindustan become “Lynchistan”, said Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge as he initiated a debate in the Lower House of Parliament on Monday on mob lynchings in the name of cow protection across the country,
Stating that such incidents in the name of religion and gau raksha have been on the rise ever since the BJP-led NDA came to power at the Centre, Kharge charged the Prime Minister with not living up to his promises of taking action against the lynchings, even though he had claimed that he did not support the violence. “He says something and does something else,” he said.
Kharge also called out Hindutva outfits such as the VHP and Bajrang Dal, saying these were behind the lynching-related violence. “It is also being done so that your ideology and philosophy could be established in the country,” he said. He demanded to know what action had the government taken against those named in incidents of lynchings, alleging they had become even more unabashed as they faced no punishment.
Reminding the Lok Sabha about that most mob lynchings that took place in states where the BJP government was in place, Kharge said a general air of fear and terror was spreading through the country, and this was bringing shame to the India across the world.
Kharge said the states of Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh, where BJP governments at the helm, have become hubs of mob lynching. He added that if such events become commonplace, the integrity of the country would be threatened.
Talking about the murder of an RSS activist in Kerala, Kharge said that the state Governor had issued summons for the DGP over the matter but no initiative had been undertaken in states where the lynching incidents happened.
Members of the BJP present in the House raised objections to the accusations, stating that all cases cited were sub-judice. Ananth Kumar, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, said that steps had been taken against the violators in the lynchings which happened in the name of gau raksha.