Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed that his government would not allow any religious group to incite hatred and promised to ensure complete freedom of faith, an unimpressed opposition asked him to “not just talk” but “act.”
The Congress even reminded him of the controversial “ghar wapsi” programme, the Ramzada vs haramzada jibe and the attack on Churches in Delhi to charge the government with inaction. The Left parties asked the PM to direct his vision to the RSS, alleging it was the RSS which was out to “destroy the secular fabric of the country.” The JD(U) felt the defeat of the BJP in Delhi Assembly elections and US President Barack Obama’s parting shot may have prompted the Prime Minister to embrace secularism.
“The Prime Minister should not just talk but walk the talk,” Congress general secretary Ajay Maken said, arguing that even an otherwise peaceful city like Delhi has witnessed repeated attacks on Churches and incidents of communal strife in the last six months. “Delhi was under President’s Rule and hence directly under his government… The Prime Minister may have now said he will not allow anyone to incite hatred and cannot accept violence against any religion, but the recent incidents in Delhi itself prove otherwise,” he said. Maken said phrases like Ramzada vs haramzada were used by ministers while the “ghar wapsi” programme was organised by the Sangh Parivar. “We did not see any action against them,” he said.
Senior CPM leader Brinda Karat said: “It is good that the Prime Minister has recognised the secular character of India that is a part of our constitutional framework but he must take actions against all those in his own family who are out to destroy this secular fabric everyday using RSS’ power.”
TMC national spokesman Derek O’Brien said, “For the entire Winter Session, 9 parties in the RS expected the PM to make a statement on this serious issue on the floor of the House. He chose to keep mum. Now after getting whipped in the Delhi elections and the Bengal bypolls, the PM has spoken. Crocodile tears?”
CPI’s D Raja asked the PM to direct his speech at the Sangh Parivar. “The Prime Minister should tell this to the RSS, VHP and other Sangh Parivar outfits. They are the people speaking against Buddha, Gandhi etc. He should address them straightaway if he upholds the Constitution,” he said.
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