Congress accuses government of indirectly encouraging cow vigilantism

Congress accuses government of indirectly encouraging cow vigilantism

Terming the mob lynching as the worst form of crime, the Governmenton Monday said in Lok sabha that law and order was state subject and states should maintain it.

Earlier in the day, initiating the debate, Congress leader in the House Mallikarjun Kharge accused the NDA government of "indirectly encouraging" right-wing groups such as Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal for attacking people in the name of cow protection.

The debate over the issue in the Lok Sabha saw some heated exchanges between treasury and opposition benches, as opposition members hit out at the government for the situation.

"Today the minorities, Dalits, and women are being attacked. Do you want the Prime Minister to break the federal structure and take over State governments?"

"Hindustan should not be allowed to become lynchistan", he said and asked the government to give details of action taken against the accused. "Do you want "Muslim-mukt" Bharat?" he asked, demanding Parliament should pass a law protecting people against lynching. I request the government to list how many Gau Rakshaks they have arrested, and what lawful action they've taken.

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Minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju on Monday said the opposition raked up issues like mob lynching only to tarnish the image of PM Narendra Modi, which ultimately went against the nation.

Listing out mob lynching incidents in Gujarat, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Kharge said, "Gujarat, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh - wherever the BJP is in power, these mob lynchings happen.It is a shame that this is happening in a democracy".

All-India Trinamool Congress MPs protested, to which Mr. Rijiju said the figures were sent by State governments.

Biju Janata Dal leader Tathagata Satpathy said the lynchings were killing the rural economy.

Mr Paswan also refuted the opposition charges that Prime Minister has kept mum on the issue adding that Mr Modi has appealed twice for stern action against the people involved in killing in the name of cow protection.

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"You have actually damaged the rural economy by lynching process, you have started a process where you eventually kill the Hindu killing the minority, you are killing the majority", he said.

He said such incidents were not being controlled because the BJP leadership was shying away from condemning them.

Nationalist Congress Party's Supriya Sule said the house should stand united against such incidents.

The BJP's counter-attack was led by Union minister Ananth Kumar and Hukumdev Narayan Yadav.

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