PM Narendra Modi’s Raksha Bandhan talk aimed at ‘polarisation’: Congress

PM Narendra Modi’s Raksha Bandhan talk aimed at ‘polarisation’: Congress

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said there are 10-15 crores Muslims in country who are observing Ramzan, why didn't the prime minister mention anything about them in Mann Ki Baat.

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The Congress on Sunday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his mention of Raksha Bandhan in his radio address, saying that his “selective” talk about the festival of one religion is an attempt at “polarisation”.

“There are 15-20 crore Muslims in this country. It is Ramzan time. Had he said something about it… that everyone will unitedly celebrate Eid… after that Diwali will come and then we will celebrate Diwali together… and then Gurpurab… it would have been nice that the Prime Minister of the country is talking about its composite culture,” Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said. “But this selective talk, regrettably appears aimed at polarisation. Chor chori se jaye, heraferi se na jaye (one cannot change one’s essential nature),” he added.

Continuing its attack on the Prime Minister over the Lalit Modi controversy, the Congress said it was in Modi’s own interest to take action against External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. “It is in the interest of the Prime Minister that he should take immediate action against those who are involved in corruption. Otherwise this particular national and international episode is going to haunt the Prime Minister wherever he goes,” Azad said.


“People and political parties so far have not asked for his resignation and I am sure, should he keep silent like he has been doing for the past few weeks, the time will come when the people will start asking for his resignation. So it is better if he has to save his government and his prestige, he should take action, particularly against the Chief Minister of Rajasthan and her son,” he said.

Azad, like other Congress leaders, expressed disappointment over the “failure” of the Prime Minister to speak on the issue in his radio address.

Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh said Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s assertion that no NDA minister will resign smelt of fascism. He demanded that the Prime Minister reveal his relationship with Lalit Modi. “We would like to know from him his relationship with Lalit Modi. We would like to know from him on the controversy surrounding Lalit Modi involving External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and what action he has taken,” Singh said.