Breaking his silence, Prime Minister Modi on Wednesday described the Dadri incident and opposition to the concert by Pakistan singer Ghulam Ali from Shiv Sena as “undesirable and unfortunate” and that his government had nothing to do with them but accused the opposition of indulging in “pseudo secularism” and politics of polarisation.
Ghulam Ali’s concert in Mumbai was last week called off following threats from the Sena, despite a snub to it by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who said adequate protection would be provided to Ali and that the concert would be held according to schedule.
Accusing Modi of suffering from selective amnesia and not taking appropriate action in the wake of the Dadri lynching, Congress said that it is not posturing that is needed but concrete action.
“Narendra Modi is suffering from selective amnesia. He has forgotten that he is the Prime Minister of entire country and safety and protecting the life of 125 crore citizens of India is his responsibility,” Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in Delhi.
Surjewala said Modi selectively forgets that BJP government is in power in Maharashtra where Ali’s concert was cancelled or Sudheendra Kulkarni’s face was smeared with ink.
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Reacting sharply, RJD president Lalu Prasad said, “What kind of breaking of silence is this ? … Its like beating someone and then saying sorry … This is no way.”
“BJP, RSS and Modi are the same. They say something in the evening but their voice changes in the morning,” Prasad posted on Twitter.
JD(U) president Sharad Yadav also criticised the Prime Minister saying that while he is quick to speak on the victories of the cricket team, he was speaking on the Dadri incident after much delay. He described the Dadri lynching as a “Talibani act.”
“He Modi) speaks in so many countries…if cricket team wins he immediately speaks and on other things also he immediately speaks up. This is a matter of country’s unity, then how can the Prime Minister speak over this after delay?” Yadav said.
CPI MP D Raja slammed Modi’s remarks on the Dadri incident as “too little and too late”, saying it amounted to dereliction of duty.