Modi govt cannot wash its hands of Dadri lynching, says Sachin Pilot

Reacting to PM Modi's remarks, Pilot said "It's not just about politics, it's about the country. What are the kind of ideologies that we are propagating?"

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: October 14, 2015 6:19 pm
Congress leader and former Union minister Sachin Pilot. Congress leader and former Union minister Sachin Pilot.

Congress leader Sachin Pilot on Wednesday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks that his government had nothing to do with the Dadri lynching and cancellation of Ghulam Ali’s Mumbai concert, saying it is not appropriate for the Centre to wash its hands of by saying that it had no role to play.

“I believe it is not appropriate to wash your hands by saying the new government has no role to play,” Pilot said.

Accusing the opposition of indulging in pseudo secularism and politics of polarisation, Modi has described the Dadri lynching incident and the cancellation of Pakistani ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali’s concert in Mumbai as “unfortunate”, but said his government has nothing to do with them.

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“I think they are trying to trivialise the issue. I think the unfortunate lynching and the death of the gentleman in Dadri is symbolic of the systematic decay in our social fabric that is being accentuated by the new government,” he said.

Referring to the situation in Mumbai, where Ali’s concert was cancelled and ink smeared on ORF chief Sudheendra Kulkarni over book launch event of former Pakistani foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, Pilot said it appears that BJP-led government is facing all sorts of issues from its own allies, apparently referring to Shiv Sena.

“But the fact that we are becoming slowly an intolerant society, as the world is viewing is, is very unfortunate,” he said.

A former Union Minister, Pilot said that the government of the day is responsible to keep that consciousness alive. “You can’t have divisive forces become so strong that they overcome all ethos of our cultural heritage, of our history, of our societal integrity,” he said.

“It’s not just about politics, it’s about the country. What are the kind of ideologies that we are propagating? What are the kind of people who are in position of power, whose words count for and they are somehow trying to divide the secular thinking of our nation and that I think is unacceptable to India,” he said.

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  1. prakash gotimukul
    Oct 14, 2015 at 3:30 pm
    Can we ask this pappu Sachin what congress has done in sikh macre. Moreover it has happened in UP which is ruled by SP which is hand in glove with UPA for last several years. Why not ask for sacking of SP govt?? Whats congi interest in protecting SP yadavs.??
    1. D
      Oct 14, 2015 at 2:39 pm
      What Modi told was correct. Those incidents are condemnable and should be dealt by the law enforcement agencies in a professional way. Both the state govts are responsible for that. What center can do is - to see that the state govts take proper action and advise them as it is a state subject. What sachin pilot is doing is the same psudo secularism and dirty politics
      1. Krish Menon
        Oct 14, 2015 at 2:14 pm
        Mr Sachin Pilot - can the congress party wash its hands over the genocide of the Sikhs in Delhi? Please answer that first and then you will get an answer to your question.
        1. M
          Oct 15, 2015 at 10:52 am
          the only option for the Central Govt when the law and order in states are beyond control is Article 356. But it is undemocratic. When VIP criminals are NOT behind bars, vioelnce and goondaism will get public acceptance and will become a routine incident. Unfortunately Indian judicial system is too soft to contain them and the corrupt educated bureaucrats are supporting them. Lalu out on bail is setting a wrong example to other criminals. What is the issue when People spend money from their pocket to buy and eat meat. There are many BJP leaders and RSS workers who eat beef from home or restaurants. In Hindi there is a saying dhane dhane pe lika hai khane wale ka naam. Whatever one is destined to get will get it whether it is eating or anything else. The happiest people dont have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything
          1. Narasimha Prakash
            Oct 14, 2015 at 1:37 pm
            Common Sachin, has Congress taken responsibility for any of the incidents in the past, Has the party ever felt sorry for the Sikh riots just to name one incident ???
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