Let us be Hindustan, not Lynchistan, says Mallikarjun Kharge
Initiating the debate on mob lynching in Lok Sabha, Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge on Monday accused the NDA government of "indirectly encouraging" right-wing groups like the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Bajrang Dal in attacking people in the name of cow protection.
He was speaking in the Parliament during the ongoing Monsoon session on Monday.
While reading the list of cow vigilante attacks, Kharge called the two states of Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh as "mob lynching centres". He also slammed the Modi government on double speak over mob lynchings.
Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh have become mob lynching centres: Mallikarjun Kharge,Congress in Lok Sabha— ANI (@ANI_news) July 31, 2017
Condemning the killing of Hafeez Junaid, the Congress MP said that people belonging to Hindutva outfits are taking law into their own hands to kill people over beef. Kharge once again reiterated that BJP, on one hand, is disowning the killers but on the other hand, it is also not taking any action.
Lamenting on the issue, he said,"Government is indirectly encouraging groups like the VHP, Bajrang Dal and also Gau rakshaks. This country is one of brotherhood. We speak of Gandhiji and say we need to learn from him. The PM speaks about Buddha, Guru Nanak and others but we have forgotten all of them. Today, we take the law into our own hands and unleash violence on Dalits and other minorities. How many FIRs have been filed so far," he questioned.
Kharge also took a potshot at BJP's ideology and philosophy. "The philosophy that you (BJP) want to implement, that's what is behind it," he says. "BJP is backing groups like gaurakshaks , VHP, Bajrang Dal, etc who are behind this mob violence. What action have you taken against these groups," he asserted.
Kharge also raked up the issue of recent killing of an RSS worker in Kerala. "When an RSS worker dies in Kerala, the Governor calls up the Kerala CM. Why this discrimination?" he questioned.
Concluding his 30 minutes talk on mob lynching, Kharge said, "Let India remain Hindustan and not 'Lynchistan'.
The Opposition had demanded the Prime Minister's presence for the debate on lynchings and mob violence in the Lok Sabha.