Oppn Wants MPs Team to Visit Jharkhand
Leaders call it communal issue, criticise govt for not taking any action
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