Trying to give the issue a communal hue, Trinamool Congress leader Sudip Bandhopadhyay said that while he appreciated Narendra Modi's visit to Nepal's famed, centuries-old Pashupatinath Temple, he also expected the Prime Minister to wish Eid Mubarak to the Muslim community.
Dragging this issue the opposition members said that they wanted a detailed debate on the growing communal tension across the country because of this issue and also said that the government was not ready to discuss the same.
A number of members including Congress member Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, NCP leader Tariq Anwar, Bhagwant Mann (AAP) and K Kavitha (TRS) agreed with the TMC leader.
To clarify the same issue, the parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu said that the government believes in the principles of secularism, communal harmony and national integration.
He said, "I want to put on record that this government believes in 'sarva dharma sambhav'. And the Prime Minister has greeted 'Eid Mubarak' to members of the Muslim community."
Opposition running out of issues
With this unnecessary debate in the Lok Sabha, it seems that the dear opposition leaders don't have anything important to debate upon. Rather than wasting time on such petty issues they are deliberately trying to create communal tension which will not be created because Prime Minister greeted everyone on the day by tweeting.
He tweeted on the day through his personal twitter handle and said, "Greetings on Eid-ul-Fitr. May this auspicious day strengthen the bond of peace, unity & brotherhood across our Nation."
Greetings on Eid-ul-Fitr. May this auspicious day strengthen the bond of peace, unity & brotherhood across our Nation.
Greetings on Eid-ul-Fitr. May this auspicious day strengthen the bond of peace, unity & brotherhood across our Nation.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 29, 2014
Pointless demands of the Opposition
Earlier, too the opposition (Congress) unnecessarily raised the issue of a judicial probe and a statement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the bugging issue. The protesting Congress MPs, who had no other issues to raise, couldn't substantiate their demands with any proof but still stuck to their demands and continued agitating.
At a time when there are other serious matters like price rise and law and order needs immediate attention in few states, the opposition is raising pointless issues.
So the opposition should look for something more pertinent to debate upon in the Parliament and should not waste the precious time of the House in debating about such superfluous issues which are pointless.