PM Narendra Modi breaks silence, says Dadri lynching episode sad
Prime minister Narendra Modi has described as “unfortunate and unwarranted” the lynching of a man in Dadri over rumours of storing and eating beef and opposition to Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali’s concert. He was speaking to the Bengali daily Anandabazar Patrika.
The Dadri incident or the opposition to Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali are sad and undesirable. But what is the role of the central government in these incidents?” Modi told the daily in an echo of what a clutch of central ministers have been telling newspapers over the last few days.
BJP’s official stand is that these are law and order issues in the remit of the state. The prime minister had during an election speech in Bihar some days back decried incidents of violence between Muslims and Hindus but this is the first time he has talked specifically about the Dadri lynching incident.
While his statement would widely be viewed as his finally succumbing toincreasing pressure from opposition and academics – who have been on an award returning spree, from Sahitya Akademi to Padmashree – Modi has in his brief interaction with the largest circulated Bengali daily, hit right back at his opponents accusing them of polarisation.
BJP does not support such incidents. By bringing them to the fore, the opposition it trying to accuse BJP of communal politics. But don’t these attempts show that they are the only ones practising the politics of polarisation?”
He has said that such attempts are being made only by those parties who have always treated minorities like votebanks and do not want these groups to see real development. “Such controversies have happened in the past too. BJP has always opposed pseudo-secularism. Today when we are faced with such an unfortunate social malady the same debate has resurfaced. This can only be resolved through discussions.” Modi said.