"The Melbourne incident in which a gurdwara was set on fire has shocked the country. Till now, only individuals of Indian origin were the target but now our religion, belief and faith are under attack. Why is the Indian government so helpless?" BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
Stating that the attack on the Gurdwara took place when the Akhand Path (prayers) was on, Prasad that BJP was 'amused' at the silence of the government over the attacks.
Echoing Prasad's accusation, Rajiv Pratap Rudy questioned the prime minister Manmohan Singh's lack of reaction, despite the series of attacks on Indians in Australia.
"More than 100 Indians living in Australia have been attacked but not a single response has come from the prime minister. Time has come for highest intervention from the government. We want to ask why the PM is maintaining silence," Rudy said.
Rudy said that the statements of minister of external affairs have failed to make an impact.
He alleged that the government was attempting to gag the media by preventing them from reporting the incidents on the grounds that 'it would affect our relationship with Australia'.