Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a “sensitive person” who is seized of the lynching in Bisada and should not be judged by “what he writes or doesn’t write on social media”, a Bharatiya Janata Party leader has said.
“Senior ministers of the BJP, the home minister and the finance minister have both commented on the Dadri incident. The party has time and again commented on it. The party is doing more than what is required to be done,” BJP secretary Siddharth Nath Singh said.
“At the same time, the Prime Minister is a sensitive person. He is seized of the matter,” he said, responding to criticism of Modi’s silence on the lynching of a man in the Uttar Pradesh village of Bisada over rumours that slaughtered a cow.
“Do not judge him by what he writes or doesn’t write on social media but what needs to be done by the Central government. You will never find the Prime Minister wanting,” Singh added.
Since the lynching of 55-year-old Mohammad Ikhlaq on September 28, opposition parties such as the Congress have repeatedly targeted Modi for not speaking on the issue. They have pointed out that the Prime Minister has reacted on social media to a variety of issues but not the lynching.
Top BJP leaders such as home minister Rajnath Singh and finance minister Arun Jaitley have commented on the incident, with the latter saying it would affect India’s image.
Asked if the BJP has asked its leaders to adopt restraint over the lynching, Singh said, “Be it a big or small party worker, we have no right to derail the Prime Minister’s programme of initiating development and progress of the country through their statements.”
The BJP-led NDA government’s aim is to strengthen the country and “all our attempts should be aimed towards this”, he said.
Blaming the lynching on the deteriorating law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh which is ruled by the Samajwadi Party, Singh asked chief minister Akhilesh Yadav to act against his minister Azam Khan for trying to take the lynching to the UN.
“Recently only two (persons) have gone to the UN against India – Nawaz Sharif and Azam Khan...Akhilesh Yadav should act against him (Khan) for doing what is anti-national,” he said.
Top Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, currently in the US as part of a delegation of MPs, has said incidents such as the Bisada lynching have registered a “marked rise” since Modi came to power and his government has failed to maintain peace and tranquillity.
Scindia also 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 in Bisada) 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,” he said.
Modi, Scindia said, has spoken on incidents of violence 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.”