Oppn, NDA MPs Spar Over Lynch­ing in LS

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New Delhi: The Lok Sabha saw a heated de­bate on cow vig­i­lan­tism and lynch­ing on Mon­day, with the Op­po­si­tion ac­cus­ing the Cen­tre of com­plic­ity and the trea­sury benches ac­cus­ing the Op­po­si­tion of ‘en­act­ing a drama’ in the name of sec­u­lar­ism.

Congress Lok Sabha leader Mal­likar­jun Kharge al­leged that the NDA gov­ern­ment was against mi­nori­ties, Dal­its and women. He al­leged that the PM only spoke against cow vig­i­lan­tism but had not taken any ac­tion. “He says some­thing and does some­thing else,” Kharge al­leged. He fur­nished data to al­lege that such in­ci­dents took place in states where BJP was in power and ac­cused VHP and Ba­jrang Dal of in­volve­ment in such cases.

Par­lia­men­tary af­fairs min­is­ter Ananth Kumar said ac­tion had been taken against ‘hooli­gan­ism’ in the name of cow pro­tec­tion. Coun­ter­ing Kharge's charges, BJP leader Hukumdev Narayan Ya­dav slammed the Op­po­si­tion for tar­get­ing the Cen­tre over lynch­ings.

“Some peo­ple are in­dulging in ter­ror ac­tiv­i­ties to de­fame the gov­ern­ment. They are ques­tion­ing our in­ten­tions. It is wrong,” he said.

Ya­dav raised the killing of RSS work­ers in Ker­ala and that of a po­lice of­fi­cer in Kash­mir and asked whether they were not mob vi­o­lence. He quoted BJP ide­o­logue Deen Dayal Upad­hyay to say most In­dian Mus­lims were Hindu de­scen­dants and hence both com­mu­ni­ties should live peace­fully. He said those who fol­low “eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and na­tion­al­ism” will come out vic­to­ri­ous.

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