BJP govt turning Hindustan into 'Lynchistan': opposition

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Mr Kharge said, the name of groups who are responsible for these incidents must be disclosed and action should be taken.

Pointing to the involvement of organizations such as the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Bajrang Dal in such cases, Mallikarjun Kharge, leader of the Congress in the lower house, alleged that the BJP was encouraging such incidents.

This provoked treasury benches and heated exchanges took place when Roy used some unparliamentary words against some organisations and the government.

He said he could relate many incidents of 2014 and earlier - under Congress-led governments - when there were such attacks on minorities, mentioning a riot in a village of Maharashtra on March 17, 2014, over the alleged carrying of beef. Reiterating the government's stand that nobody has the right to take the law into their own hands, Jaitley had said that such incidents should not be given a political colour. "There can not be bigger lynching than this", the BJP member said. "Your (BJP) ideology is the cause of lynchings", Kharge said in the Lok Sabha, while initiating a discussion on "the situation arising out of reported incidents of atrocities and lynching in mob violence in the country". "You have taken up a wrong case", Kharge told Dubey and went ahead with his speech.

With the Opposition demanding a governmental condemnation and framing of a strong law to tackle vigilantism, the government said that mob lynching or anything related to it was "unacceptable" and that Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself had condemned it.

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Kharge also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not speaking about mob lynching in his "Mann Ki Baat" radio programme on Sunday. I want to ask members of the ruling party, you say you want "Congress-mukt Bharat". "Did you ever make it an issue?" he sought to know.

He also read out a list of the violence carried out in the name of cow vigilantism. He said, the House should unanimously pass a resolution condemning all such incidents. The Minister also said that the opposition is raising such issues as they are devoid of any real issues.

"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. "If we can't raise it in Parliament then what are we doing here?"

The Lok Sabha saw protests and disruptions all through last week as opposition members demanded a debate on the issue, leading even to suspension of six Congress MPs for five days.