Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly maintaining a “stony silence” on the Dadri incident for too long when it threatened to snowball into a volatile situation.
Gogoi, in a statement issued here on Friday, also said that while Prime Minister Modi was generally vociferous and speaks out his mind on every issue under the sun, maintained an astonishingly stoic silence on the Dadri incident that threatened to create a rift in society on communal lines.
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“The President of India who rarely intervenes had to step in to douse the flames that threatened to suck the country into the vortex of communal cauldron. Thanks to the President for his timely intervention and soothing balm that helped to contain the situation at a time when the Prime Minister looked the other way with the situation threatening to drift to a point of no return,” Gogoi said.
Gogoi also described as rare the instance of the President giving a “clear-cut” message to the government. “It is rare to see the President giving a clear-cut message to the government with the Prime Minister looking the other way. That (the PM’s alleged silence) gave a wrong impression that the Modi-led government at the Centre was insensitive and unmindful of the situation with nefarious forces at work to spread communal disharmony, hatred, malice and ill-will among communities,” the Asam chief minister added