The assembly session starting from Monday is likely to be stormy with opposition Congress set to corner the BJP government over the failure of police to nab the main accused in the Alwar lynching case in which five people were beaten up by cow vigilantes and one succumbed to his injuries.
The Opposition is also likely to corner the BJP government over the controversial statements made by state BJP leaders over the lynching case.
State Congress chief Sachin Pilot has questioned the silence of chief minister Vasundhara Raje on the issue. “Such incidents will make it impossible for the cattle breeders and dairy farmers to survive,” he said.
Chief minister Vasundhara Raje, who is quite active on social media, is yet to break her silence on the issue.
The state Congress is also gunning for the home minister Gulab Chand Kataria. “Police action and statements of the home minister after the Alwar lynching incident show that efforts are being made to protect the culprits,” Pilot said.
A number of BJP leaders say that the issue could have been handled in a better way. “Prevention of cow slaughter is an emotive issue but people of both the community are involved in cow smuggling,” a BJP lawmaker, who did not wish to be named, said.
“It is also true that genuine dairy farmers buy cows from the cattle fair and Pehlu Khan was one of them,” he said.
Leader of Opposition in state assembly Rameshwar Dudi said the state government should ban the Bajrang Dal and VHP.
“We will be demanding CBI probe. Home minister is saying that both the parties are guilty. Government is shielding the accused and should come clean on it,” Dudi told HT.
“The government needs to send a message that it is firm about preventing cow smuggling but at the same time will not encourage cow vigilantes to take law in their own hand.”
Ramgarh BJP legislator Gyandev Ahuja, criticizing the Alwar police, who have announced a reward for the arrest of the six people named in the FIR and are absconding.
Calling the accused “prominent social workers of the area”, the lawmaker said there was no need to announce an award for the arrest of the accused.
Meanwhile, a rights group--People’s Union for Civil Liberties—has decide to launch an agitation over the alleged lynching of the dairy farmer.