Modi says his govt has nothing to do with Dadri lynching
New Delhi: Breaking his
silence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday described the Dadri incident
and opposition to the concert by Pakistan singer Ghulam Ali from Shiv Sena as
“undesirable and unfortunate” and that his government had nothing to do with
them but accused the opposition of indulging in “pseudo secularism” and
politics of polarisation.
Ghulam Ali’s concert in
Mumbai last week was called off following threats from the Sena, despite a snub
to it by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who said adequate
protection would be provided to Ali and that the concert would be held
according to schedule.
Accusing Modi of
suffering from selective amnesia and not taking appropriate action in the wake
of the Dadri lynching, the Congress said that it was not posturing that was needed
but concrete action.
“Narendra Modi is
suffering from selective amnesia. He has forgotten that he is the Prime
Minister of entire country and safety and protecting the life of over 125 crore
citizens of India is his responsibility,” Congress chief spokesperson Randeep
Surjewala said in Delhi.
Surjewala said Modi
selectively forgets that BJP government is in power in Maharashtra where Ali’s
concert was cancelled or Sudheendra Kulkarni’s face was smeared with ink.
Reacting sharply, RJD
president Lalu Prasad Yadav said, “What kind of breaking of silence is this? …
It’s like beating someone and then saying sorry … This is no way.” “BJP, RSS
and Modi are the same. They say something in the evening but their voice
changes in the morning,” Prasad posted on Twitter.
JD (U) president Sharad
Yadav also criticised the Prime Minister saying that while he is quick to speak
on the victories of the cricket team, he was speaking on the Dadri incident
after much delay. He described the Dadri lynching as a “Talibani act.”
“He (Modi) speaks in so
many countries…if cricket team wins he immediately speaks and on other things
also he immediately speaks up. This is a matter of country’s unity, then how
can the Prime Minister speak over this after delay?” Yadav said.
CPI MP D Raja slammed
Modi’s remarks on the Dadri incident as “too little and too late”, saying it
amounted to dereliction of duty.