Sad, not desirable, but what is Centre’s role: PM Modi on Dadri, Ghulam Ali

PM Narendra Modi asked as to how the central government could be blamed for incidents like Dadri.

Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Updated: October 15, 2015 10:38 am
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has described as “unfortunate and unwarranted” the lynching of a man in Dadri over rumours of storing and eating beef and opposition to Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali’s concert. He was speaking to the Bengali daily Anandabazar Patrika.

“The Dadri incident or the opposition to Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali are sad and undesirable. But what is the role of the central government in these incidents?” Modi told the daily in an echo of what a clutch of central ministers have been telling newspapers over the last few days.

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“This controversy has arisen in the past too. The BJP has always opposed fake secularism (meki dhormoniropekkhota). Today, in the face of this sad social ailment (dukkhojonok shaamajik byadhi), this controversy has arisen again. This dispute can be resolved through consultations (Aalaap-alochonar madhyom-e ei bitorker niroshon shombhob),” he said.

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BJP’s official stand is that these are law and order issues in the remit of the state. The prime minister had during an election speech in Bihar some days back decried incidents of violence between Muslims and Hindus but this is the first time he has talked specifically about the Dadri lynching incident.

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While his statement would widely be viewed as his finally succumbing to increasing pressure from opposition and academics – who have been on an award returning spree, from Sahitya Akademi to Padmashree – Modi has in his brief interaction with the largest circulated Bengali daily, hit right back at his opponents accusing them of polarisation.

“BJP does not support such incidents. By bringing them to the fore, the opposition it trying to accuse BJP of communal politics. But don’t these attempts show that they are the only ones practicing the politics of polarisation?”

He has said that such attempts are being made only by those parties who have always treated minorities like vote-banks and do not want these groups to see real development.

“Such controversies have happened in the past too. BJP has always opposed pseudo-secularism. Today when we are faced with such an unfortunate social malady the same debate has resurfaced. This can only be resolved through discussions.” Modi said.

But ally Shiv Sena, which opposed Ghulam Ali’s concert, raked up Modi’s past by referring to the 2002 Gujarat riots when he was the Chief Minister.

Sena MP Sanjay Raut told reporters in Mumbai: “The world knows Narendra Modi due to Godhra and Ahmedabad and we respect him for the same reason. If the same Narendra Modi has called the controversy surrounding Ghulam Ali and (former Pakistan minister) Khurshid Kasuri unfortunate, then it is indeed unfortunate for all of us.”

The Congress was quick to hit back at Modi. Congress chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala said: “Modi is suffering from selective amnesia. He has forgotten that he is prime minister of the entire country, the safety and protecting lives of 125 crore citizens of India is his responsibility.”

JD(U) president Sharad Yadav also criticised the Prime Minister saying while he is quick to speak on the victories of the cricket team, he was speaking on the Dadri incident after much delay.

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    Ram Reddy
    Oct 14, 2015 at 6:12 pm
    Fake ID joker haaa looser wait for NOV 8th ready to weep haaaa,,,, agent
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      Ram Reddy
      Oct 14, 2015 at 6:09 pm
      Fanatics only understand Fanaticism got it stop you have no ground to talk with HINDU simple PIGS (Muslims) cannot stand with LION (Hindus)
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        Ram Reddy
        Oct 14, 2015 at 6:11 pm
        PIG have no place in INDIA run to they will teach you what is MOAHIJIR haa.... looser
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          Ram Reddy
          Oct 14, 2015 at 6:10 pm
          This joker not coming to point and simple barking soon you will get nice treatment with our RAW haaa.... wait ISI agent this is not any more ITALIAN MAFIA it is our country got it moron
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            Ram Reddy
            Oct 14, 2015 at 6:13 pm
            This pig need proper answer with FAKE DEGREE and ID you will get it soon wait and watch
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              Ram Reddy
              Oct 14, 2015 at 3:20 pm
              Long live MODIJI we are with you sir we wish you for PM FOR EVER to HINDUSTAN we need CORRUPT CONGRESS GOONS and PIGS mukth Bharat
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                HAA
                Oct 15, 2015 at 6:05 am
                He was the CM of Gujarat when his affiliates from the Sangh Parivaar set the train bogie on fire at Godhra and used that as a trigger to execute the pre-planned well engineered carnage. In 1992, BJP was ruling UP and Sangh affiliates including BJP stalwarts did what they did at Ayoodhya and the carnage that ensued elsewhere in India. Even if BJP is not governing a state such as in UP, Amit Shah engineered the carnage in Muzaffarnagar in 2013. In Dadri again, BJP with its Sangh affiliates did what they did to build up the hatred through their various Senas and the well orchestrated attack on Sep 28. In every such incident in the past, the local government proved inefficient in dousing the raging fire that BJP lit. The benefit from every such tragedy invariably goes to BJP. All official machinery, judiciary, administration and all are Sangh sympathisers. Why should anybody expect Modi to say something which is contrary to his belief. At a moment of elation and pride, do you expect him to make some hypocritical statements? He is just a pawn and cannot do a thing against his Sanghee masters. Just enjoy the music folks for we all elected this monster and his fascist party into power. We or rather I was selfish to look for development in utter disregard to the injustice to thousands he and his party killed. We all and I deserve this treatment and more to come. monster
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                  Hari
                  Oct 14, 2015 at 11:00 am
                  It appears some media houses have partnered with terrorist organisations, that is why they exaggerate and blow things out of proposition to blame the centre. These terror outfits want their own friendly government at the centre so they can indulge in anti national activities, while the party they support can loot the county.
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