Don’t politicise issue of mob lynching: Arun Jaitley to Opposition

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Arun Jaitley today slammed the opposition for politicising the issue of mob lynching
  • He said “Violence can never be a partisan issue and oppression in the name of cow won’t be tolerated.”

NEW DELHI: Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday slammed the opposition for politicising the issue of mob lynching and said “Violence can never be a partisan issue and oppression in the name of cow won’t be tolerated.”

Defending the government in Rajya Sabha during a debate on mob lynchings, Jaitley said “Wherever acts of violence and lynching have erupted, legal proceedings and chargesheets have been filed in a systematic way.”

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has always strongly condemned the act of lynching,” he said, adding, “We should all support each other to fight this.”

Referring to cases of attacks on churches, Jailtey said a sytematic campaign was launched to prove that these attacks had a political connection. However, after probe not one case could be proved.”

Earlier in the day, the Opposition targeted the government over the lynchings, with the Congress accusing PM Modi of “creating such an environment” and indulging in “double speak” on the issue.

Congress leader Kapil Sibal, while speaking in the Rajya Sabha on lynchings, alleged that the Prime Minister was doing nothing to restrain cow vigilantes who, he said, include elements from VHP and Bajrang Dal.

He was participating in a discussion on the ‘situation arising out of the reported increase in the incidents of lynching and arocities on minorities and dalits across the country’ which started on Wednesday.

Sibal said the year 2017 has witnessed maximum murders and the cattle ban had negatively impacted leather industry besides industries like soap and shampoo.

“I am shaken and shattered by the images of grotesque violence and heart-wrenching scenes (which) I have seen on social media and Twitter. We did not see it in the last 50 years,” he said.

He went on to question, “What is the sentiment behind it? Why 97 per cent of the violence has taken place after 2017?”

Attacking the government, Sharad Yadav (JDU) said the incidents of lynching were more deadly than killings by Talibans and Afghans.

When religion overtakes poltics or vise versa, internal conflicts are created, he said and pointed towards Pakistan, Afghanistan and Syria.

Yadav said, “it is unfortunate that such a condition has been created in the country that a student from JNU goes traceless, people are lynched in the name of cow and condition has become so bad that people are afraid of travelling in buses and trains.”

 He said BJP-ruled states were witnessing maximum cases of lynching. Such incidents occurred in 14 districts of Jharkhand, 11 districts of UP, nine districts of Haryana, five districts of Rajasthan and four districts each of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat, Yadav said.

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