Incidents such as the Bisada lynching have registered a “marked rise” since
Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power and his government has failed to maintain peace and tranquillity, top Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia has said.
The former cabinet minister, currently in the US as part of a delegation of MPs led by BJD leader Jay Panda, said there is a general sense of insecurity in India and the government has not acted to address the concerns of citizens.
“In the last 16 months, there has been a very marked rise in incidents taking place like these (the lynching of a man Bisada over rumours that he slaughtered a cow) in every single state across the country, barring a few, and that does give rise to a sense of insecurity in the country, not only for a particular religion or a particular caste, but for every citizen of the country,” Scindia said.
He was responding to questions from Indian reporters about incidents of violence in the country, particularly the recent lynching. The brutal killing of 55-year-old Mohammad Ikhlaq by a mob that stormed his home in Bisada village of Uttar Pradesh made headlines round the world.
“When you talk about ‘Make in India’, when you talk about Digital India, when you talk about India Rising, touring 28 countries to market the country, your first responsibility is to make sure that there is a sense of tranquillity and peace internally within the country on which those drivers of growth will then play out,” Scindia said, referring to Prime Minister Modi.
Pointing to a series of incidents of violence in the past 16 months, Scindia said it is incumbent on any government to unequivocally speak out on such incidents, to make sure that there is time bound implementation of justice and to ensure that peace and tranquillity prevails across the country.
“None of A, B and C, according to me, have been done by the current government in even close to a satisfactory manner,” said Scindia, who was accompanied by Gaurav Gogoi of the Congress and Kalvakuntla Kavitha from TRS, Arpita Ghosh of Trinamool Congress.
Modi, he said, has spoken in the past only after a number of interruptions and demands by MPs in the parliament.
“Should not the head of the government, should not the responsible ministers in the government speak out immediately when such an incident occurred? Why there is delay of a number of days? Because this does not affect you or me, or five MPs sitting here. It affects 1.25 billion people,” Scindia said.
“This strikes at the root of the existence of our country. Everything else is just decoration, whether you talk about growth or investment or exports. This is our core. This shakes us up from inside as human beings.”