Oppn attacks Modi Govt for encouraging orgs of cow vigilantes

Posted August 01, 2017

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Monday accused the government of indirectly encouraging cow vigilantes and noted that there was an environment of "fear and terror" in the country.

Facing the heat over attacks by cow vigilantes on Muslims and Dalits, during a debate on lynching and mob violence in the Lok Sabha on Monday, the government sought to know whether the Opposition expected it to take charge of administration in the States in a federal polity. He alleged that the PM only spoke against cow vigilantism but had not taken any action.

Countering Kharge's onslaught against the government, BJP leader Hukumdev Narayan Yadav slammed the opposition fortargeting the NDA government over incidents of lynchings, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi has repeatedly come outstrongly against such acts.

However, he did not agree with Opposition parties' demand that the Prime Minister must speak on this issue in the Lower House.

"Under the present law, mob lynching crimes are not defined".

"On one hand you disown these people, but what action is being taken against them?" he asked, adding that no action was being taken against such people.

From one champion to another: Sania Mirza hails 'incredible ambassador' Mithali Raj
While they are expected to hang around just for a little longer, it is very unlikely they will do so for another four years. Despite losing the match by mere 9 runs, everyone admired the girls for their priceless efforts during the vital match.

Accusing Sangh Parivar organisations like the VHP and the Bajrang Dal of being involved in such violence, the Congress leader said: "It is also being done so that your ideology and philosophy could be established in the country".

Kharge said "Hindustan" should not be allowed to become "lynchistan", replying that violence in the name of religion and cow protection began only after BJP assumed power. The Haryana Chief Minister took three days to condemn an incident in Bahadurgarh. "There is freedom of expression, but we will not spare anyone who will insult the country", he said. If a discussion or debate is taking place then they should listen to what the treasury benches of the government have to say in response. "The Centre can't send paramilitary on its own", he said. "To stop someone's cultural procession, is it less than mob lynching?"

To make their case, they cited the lynching of Srinagar deputy superintendent of police (DySP) Ayub Pandith on June 23.

Sougata Roy of TMC demanded a separate law to prevent mob lynching incidents saying such crimes are not defined in the Indian Penal Code.

Listing out mob lynching incidents in Gujarat, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Kharge said, "Gujarat, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh - wherever the BJP is in power, these mob lynchings happen.It is a shame that this is happening in a democracy".