Dadri lynching: Sometimes, correct thing would be silence, says Nitin Gadkari

The BJP-led government does not “discriminate (against) anyone in the name of religion, caste or language” but wants “development of all”, Gadkari said.

Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Updated: October 9, 2015 6:07 am
Nitin Gadkari, narendra modi, dadri lynching, communal harmony, dadri killing, beef rumour lynching, bisar killing, narendra modi on dadri, pm modi dadri, india news, latest news “It is our history, since 1947, that there are riots on small issues at some places. This is unfortunate. This should not happen. It should be prevented. Law will take its own course, ” Gadkari said. (Source: Express file photo)

On the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for religious harmony during a poll rally in Bihar, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari spoke out against those who have made “unfortunate remarks” on the Dadri lynching. The former BJP chief also criticised the protests in Mumbai against a concert by Pakistani Ghazal singer Ghulam Ali.

Expressing disapproval at the inflammatory remarks made over the last week on the Dadri killing, including by BJP leaders, Gadkari said: “Everyone who wears saffron is not a BJP leader…Sometimes, the correct thing for BJP would be silence.”

The BJP-led government does not “discriminate (against) anyone in the name of religion, caste or language” but wants “development of all”, Gadkari said during an interaction with mediapersons at the Indian Women Press Corps (IWPC).

The BJP leadership had earlier asked its leaders to refrain from making provocative statements that would escalate communal tensions following the killing of 50-year-old Mohammed Akhlaq in Bisara village over rumours of cow slaughter.

Gadkari, however, was quick to point out that there was no shortage of such leaders in other parties too. “If [Congress leader] Digvijaya Singh says something, it does not mean that Sonia Gandhi holds that view. The BJP president did not make any such statements. The party’s and the RSS’s ideology is not anti-minority. It is unfortunate that communal tensions are taking place in the country. We are not in support of those remarks made by some,” he said.

On the cancellation of a Ghulam Ali concert in Mumbai after ally Shiv Sena threatened protests, Gadkari said: “There is anguish among people against Pakistan-sponsored terrorism. But opposition should be to the Pakistan government and not to art.”

Gadkari said he was also a fan of Ali. “I listen to his and Jagjit Singh’s music daily when I do my morning exercise. This (opposition to Pakistan) should not be dragged to the level of artists. Opposition of Pakistan is right, but not of Ghulam Ali,” he said.

Gadkari also said the perception that he usually has his way with Modi, due to his proximity with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, was wrong. “No minister has any problem with the PM,” he said.

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    Albert Colaco
    Oct 9, 2015 at 7:26 pm
    But why shy from calling a spade_ a spade? Why not condemn unequivocally the brutal murder of M. Acklaq by a lynch mob that was as if waiting for a signal? And that signal came from a temple. Shades of taliban! In stan, false rumours are spread against minorities that rouse mobs out of nowhere who come and kill and destroy. Whats happening in India would have made Atal B. Vajpayee feel snguish and pain. He was a true nationalist. He truly loved all sections of society. But today, politicians of almost all hues and parties care only for themselves and their narrow cliques of comrades. Patriotism has become the last resort of the scoundrel. Even if Acklaq had stored beef in the house(which he had not), you don't murder him. He could face the law. Have we become barbarians in this 21st century? What development is the PM and BJP talking about, when your partymen and fellow travellers are taking the country back into the medical ages? Keep all these fanatics under leash. Or else, your development mantra is one big hoax.
    1. A
      Oct 9, 2015 at 5:11 am
      "Sometimes the right thing wold be silence" - sure; except that your party does not know when is that.
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        g@ndu bal
        Oct 9, 2015 at 1:06 pm
        here comes chota Haati, your action are different then what u preach.
        1. B
          Oct 8, 2015 at 9:42 pm
          Indian sikulars condemn N Modi for stampade in Mecca. He is responsible, as wind was blowing from Delhi towards Mecca at that time.
          1. A
            Oct 9, 2015 at 12:45 am
            Gadkari should not make light or talk in jest about this lynching incident. One man has died on an issue of eating something. How would Gadkari feel if it was his relative? Feel some shame at least show empathy in words if not in action. Are u a minister or some goon
            1. T
              Oct 15, 2015 at 8:22 am
              Oh boy! How wrong are you? PM should have spoken soon after Dadri. It would have shown magnonimity. It would have shown his empathy. It would gave shown care. The family needed consoling, not silence. They would have known the leader oh ALL OF INDIA cares about them. Afterall they are integar part of our GREAT NATION! They needed comfort in their time of deepest sorrow and loss. They need protection. They needed kind words to help heal their wounds. PM missed a great opportunity to show that he is a leader of entire NATION! ALAS!
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