Opposition parties on Monday were in one ‘sur’ and said they were unimpressed with PM Narendra Modi’s speeches over the weekend when he dramatically urged that instead of committing atrocities against Dalits people should just shoot him.
PM Modi’s remarks came after months of dithering and denial on such attacks by the central and respective state governments. Many believed the PM will maintain silence like he did after the killing of Mohammed Akhlaq in Dadri in September 2015. A mob had killed Akhlaq accusing him of eating beef. With not a word from the PM for weeks, President Pranab Mukherjee reminded the country of its core belief and its tolerance. Facing criticism, the PM only endorsed what the president had said.
Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge raised the issue and sought discussion over the issue soon after Question Hour was over.
Referring to the Prime Minister’s speech in Telangana on Sunday, Mr. Kharge said, “Modiji is not serious enough in combating attacks on Dalits.”
Congress members trooped into the Well despite Speaker Sumitra Mahajan’s assurance that she would let them have their say after the listed business.
“I will allow him to speak. I have never said no to it, but let me be done with the (Zero Hour) list. There are many smaller parties here and it will be an injustice to the members,” she said.
Even ‘Gau rakshaks’ and many right-wing organisations across the country have hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his comments against cow vigilantism, with the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha (ABHM) even thinking of sending him a legal notice.
The ABHM protested against the Prime Minister’s comment that 80 per cent of those “masquerading” as ‘gau rakshaks’ were anti-socials by night.
“Narendra Modi is not worthy of being Prime Minster. He will return just like Vajpayee had to in 2004. Hindu Mahasabha is holding Buddhi Shuddhi Yaga across India to give better sense to the PM,” said Chandraprakash Kaushik, National President, ABHM.
Kaushik said the organisation was in touch with its legal team whether they can send PM a legal notice or not.
ABHM chief Swami Chakrapani, said, “We condemn the Prime Minister’s statement on those who devoted their life to preventing cow slaughter in India.”