Lynch­ing, beef ban dom­i­nate dis­cus­sion in Delhi assem­bly

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Htpunjab&haryana - Ab­hi­nav Ra­jput ab­hi­nav@hin­dus­tan­times.com n

The re­cent lynch­ing in­ci­dents in the coun­try, es­pe­cially the Bal­lab­h­garh case in which 16-year-old Ju­naid Khan was killed and three oth­ers were in­jured, dom­i­nated the Thurs­day dis­cus­sion at the Delhi Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly.

Delhi Assem­bly passed a res­o­lu­tion urg­ing peo­ple to “up­hold the Con­sti­tu­tion in let­ter and spirit” and con­demn in­ci­dents of lynch­ing in the name of “Gau Rak­sha.”

The BJP in­sisted that the House pass a res­o­lu­tion stat­ing that Jammu and Kash­mir is an in­te­gral part of In­dia. The AAP lead­ers ac­cused the saf­fron party of try­ing to di­vert at­ten­tion from the real is­sue.

Deputy chief min­is­ter Man­ish Siso­dia said, “They (BJP) can only see cow in peo­ple’s fridge and plates. Why can’t they see cow’s roam­ing in the streets of Delhi, eat­ing poly bags and meet­ing with ac­ci­dents? Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi goes abroad and hugs sev­eral peo­ple who eat beef but in In­dia those who eat beef will be killed?” Siso­dia said.

Hit­ting out at cow vig­i­lantes, AAP leader Alka Lamba said, “There have been reports of the so-called Gau Rak­shaks eat­ing beef and even BJP min­is­ter Kiren Ri­jiju does so. BJP lead­ers have said that they will not ban beef in poll bound north-east­ern states like Na­ga­land for vote bank. This is great­est form of hypocrisy”

“When we ask from PM to take ac­tion all he says this is coun­try of Ma­hatma Gandhi. Why can’t he as­sure safety of mi­nori­ties,” she added.

Around two hours of the sec­ond-half of Delhi assem­bly ses­sion dom­i­nated around this is­sue with AAP lead­ers tar­get­ing PM Naren­dra Modi of in­ac­tion and dou­ble stan­dards and con­demned “the mind­less vi­o­lence be­ing un­leashed across the coun­try in the name of re­li­gion.”

Sus­pended AAP MLA Amanat­ul­lah Khan said, “Why is the loy­alty of one com­mu­nity be­ing ques­tioned? Did they com­mit any mis­take by not go­ing to Pak­istan af­ter par­ti­tion?”

Mean­while, dur­ing Siso­dia’s speech in the House, tem­pers ran high and there were dra­matic ex­changes be­tween AAP MLAs and BJP leg­is­la­tor Man­jin­der Singh Sirsa over Kash­mir.

Sirsa asked AAP MLAs to pass a res­o­lu­tion stat­ing that J&K is an in­te­gral part of In­dia.

Mean­while, Speaker Ram Ni­was Goel said, “Why no one talks about the part of Kash­mir that is still with Pak­istan?... Mansarovar Ya­tra has been stopped, China is star­ing down at us and we talk of pa­tri­o­tism.”

“I pass this res­o­lu­tion that Kash­mir is in­te­gral part of In­dia,” he added.

ARUN SHARM/HT

Deputy CM Man­ish Siso­dia in Vid­han Sabha.

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