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Protest on Gauri Lankesh death farcical: BJP spokesperson Tuhin Sinha

Responding to Sinha's comments on the murder of Gauri Lankesh and the protest that followed, Chaturvedi immediately responded by saying that calling the death and protest farcical is unfortunate on part of the ruling party.

Written by Alifiya Khan | Pune | Updated: September 9, 2017 2:50 pm
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The murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh dominated the discussions in the morning session of the Pune International Literary Festival on Saturday, with BJP spokesperson Tuhin Sinha describing the protests against the murder as “farcical” and scripted. “The response to the murder of Gauri Lankesh is so farcical. It is being play acted. At some point, the government has to hit back and say this is not the way,” said author and Mumbai BJP spokesperson Tuhin Sinha.

Sinha was attending a session “The Political Landscape: Boon or Bane?” at the literary festival alongside Congress national spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi, Shiv Sena leader Neelam Gorhe, and media persons Uday Mahurkar and Rishi Suri. Chaturvedi countered saying the BJP did not know how to live with dissent.

“The Congress party hears everyone put politely even if we don’t agree. But unfortunately you (BJP) don’t. We think this is where discussion stops. Also, deciding that something is farcical, terming any protest which does not sound like your idea as farcical… that is unfortunate. This is a democracy. There will be dissent. Live with it. It happens in a democracy even if you don’t agree with the idea,” Chaturvedi said.

She claimed that the last few years had seen a reduction in the space for dissent and discussion, which had weakened India’s democracy. “Look at foreign media coverage of events here. It talks about atrocities and minorities. Protesters are called anti-national, when in fact, protests are the essence of democracy,” added Chaturvedi.

The two spokespersons engaged in a war of words over the protests and social media reactions to journalist Lankesh’s murder. Defending his statement, Sinha brought attention to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi statements after the murder.

“When I talk about farcical reactions to death of Gauri Lankesh, what I meant was Rahul Gandhi coming on TV and saying that RSS is involved. Your chief minister (in Karnataka) announced Rs 10 lakh for information on Lankesh’s murderers. He should give it to Rahul Gandhi,” said Sinha. Gorhe said the murder seemed like a conspiracy and the debates around it was not allowing real investigation to go forward.

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    santhosh
    Sep 18, 2017 at 9:55 pm
    Well said Tuhin Sinha as farcical. She was against to the religion where she born. God judged her well. She is not deserved for any kind of respect. She maybe resting in now. Why Jobless people wasted their valuable time.
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      santhosh
      Sep 18, 2017 at 9:58 pm
      Resting in now.
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        santhosh
        Sep 18, 2017 at 9:58 pm
        hell
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      Human
      Sep 10, 2017 at 9:20 am
      Indian express in hand gloves with this ic article from an . BJP r excellent at it. Be it a rape from. Their men or killings in name of cow and now this lonely journalist. PM follows such murder provoking men for just an encouragement to them....like the way mahatma Gandhi was murdered. Pracharak Master (PM)
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        Santy
        Sep 10, 2017 at 9:00 am
        Yes the Congress party years but not everyone, only those whom it considers a vote bank. Unfortunately the silent majority is not in this vision of congress. It's this mindset that has given rise to the right wing extreme. The pendulum unfortunately swings from one extreme to the other before attaining it's position of rest. These actions by fringe elements may erode the base of BJP but congress should never be in the false hope that people will veer towards them. They are but footnotes to history as an example of what misgovernance is....
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          jayananda rao
          Sep 10, 2017 at 6:58 am
          True, that the issue is blown out of proportion .She is not such a big editor nor the tabloid reaching beyond certain streets in Bangalore. It's like empty vassel making big noise .Many crows assemble in the road even at the sight of a small maggot
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            Sayed
            Sep 10, 2017 at 7:51 am
            Dont tell issue is blown out of the proportion, she is well known and more respected than Modi and Amit Shah or any other RSS reader. This Tuhin seems to be a dirty mind politician as well as you mentally ed. Time came to declare RSS, Bajrang Dal etc terrorist organization and BJP supporter of them. They create division on the basis of caste, religion, language and region.
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            Sayed
            Sep 9, 2017 at 11:06 pm
            This Tushin Sinha might never saw his face in mirror. Talking like mentally ed. One can vomit by seeing his face. All chadhdhis are like this. Incompetent, illogical and dirty mind.
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