Oppn Wants MPs Team to Visit Jhark­hand

Lead­ers call it com­mu­nal is­sue, crit­i­cise govt for not tak­ing any ac­tion

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: The Op­po­si­tion has de­manded that a par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee be sent to Jhark­hand on a fact-find­ing mis­sion fol­low­ing the hang­ing of two cat­tle traders in the state in March. It crit­i­cised the Naren­dra Modi gov­ern­ment in the Ra­jya Sabha for not act­ing yet on the is­sue. The mat­ter was raised dur­ing Zero Hour by Janata Dal (United) mem­ber Gu­lam Ra­sool Balyawi.

Heem­pha­sisedthatthe­hangin­gof two Mus­lim men was not a law and or­der is­sue but a case of com­mu­nal vi­o­lence. Balyawi also said though his fore­fa­thers had stayed firmly com­mit­ted to In­dia, he and oth­ers from his com­mu­nity are pe­ri­od­i­cally asked to go to Pak­istan by a sec­tion of the peo­ple, a ref­er­ence to Hin­dutva hard­lin­ers.

Min­is­ter of state for mi­nor­ity af­fairs Mukhtar Ab­bas Naqvi coun­tered Balyawi’s views by say­ing that there was not much truth in the al­le­ga­tions of inaction Balyawi lev­elled against the BJP state gov­ern­ment in Jhark­hand. He said the Union gov­ern­ment was ready to hold a dis­cus­sion in the House on the com­mu­nal sit­u­a­tion pre­vail­ing across the coun­try.

Naqvi’s re­mark led to Congress, Left and other party MPs ris­ing in sup­port of the JD(U) leader. Leader of the Op­po­si­tion Ghu­lam Nabi Azad said he had writ­ten to the prime min­is­ter on the is­sue but ad­e­quate steps were not taken. He re­called that af­ter the riots in Mum­bai fol­low­ing the demolition of the Babri Masjid, a team of MPs from var­i­ous par­ties were sent to the city to quell tem­pers. CPM leader Si­taram Yechury and Sharad Ya­dav JD(U) were among those who sup­ported the idea of s e ndi ng a t e a m o f MPs to Jhark­hand.

Yechury said the is­sue was not one of law and or­der but a com­mu­nal one and re­quired the Cen­tre’s in­ter­ven­tion. Mi­nor­ity Af­fairs Min­is­ter Na­j­maHep­tul­lah’sre­mark­sthat­she would write to Jhark­hand chief min­is­ter Raghu­var Das to get the facts of the case led the Op­po­si­tion to charge that she was tak­ing the case too ca­su­ally. Congress and JD(U) mem­bers trooped into the well of the House and shouted slo­gans de­mand­ing that the BJP gover nment in Jhark­hand be dis­missed. Deputy chair­per­son PJ Kurien had to ad­journ the House fol­low­ing the slo­ga­neer­ing.In­the­p­ost-lunch­ses­sion, when pri­vate mem­bers’ bill were dis­cussed,theRa­jyaSab­ha­had­tobe ad­journed due to a lack of quo­rum.

GU­LAM RA­SOOL BALYAWI

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