Azad asks Modi why govt has failed to rein in those who ‘polarise’

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 20, 2016 19:07 IST
Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad speaks in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Monday. (PTI Photo)

The Congress on Sunday expressed surprise over Government’s inability to keep the Sangh Parivar’s affiliates under check which the opposition party said adds to the suspicion that it is part of a deliberate strategy to “polarize and divide” the society for electoral gains.

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad wrote to Modi in the wake of two Muslim herdsmen were hanged to death in the Latehar district of Jharkhand which he said was latest incident in the “growing attacks on minority community.”

“With great dismay, I am impelled to observe that such episodes of brutality and mob violence seem to give a spectacle of some parts of the world where democracy does not exist not of India which is widely respected as a vibrant and secular democracy governed by rule of law,” wrote Azad, leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha.

He said there is a “spurt” in the incidents of “threats, intimidation, mob violence and vigilantism” after the BJP government took office at the Centre.

He wrote; “Majoritarian view of democracy is being propagated and promoted consciously and deliberately. This has serious implications for the survival of democracy, pluralism, social harmony and peace besides growth and development of the country.”

Azad said Congress party and civil society have been continuously drawing the attention of the government towards growing phenomenon of communal hatred and polarisation.

And he regretted the ministers, MPs and MLAs, leaders of the ruling party and affiliates of Sangh Parivar have been persistently making provocative and offensive statements to divide and polarize the communities.

“What is surprising is that no perceptible effort on the part of the government and BJP leadership is being made to rein in such elements, giving rise to the suspicion that it is part of the deliberate strategy to polarise and divide,” he wrote.

The Congress leader said the entire nation is worried about the about the unchecked growth of communal hatred and mistrust being brewed for the sake of electoral politics. “There is an urgent need to stem this rising tide, lest it is too late,” he said.

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