Opposition hits out at Modi government over lynchings

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"The Rajasthan Chief Minister took nearly a month to condemn a mob lynching in Alwar", Roy said.

Initiating a discussion on the issue of mob lynching in the Lok Sabha, Leader of the Congress Mallikarjun Kharge said "Hindustan" should not be allowed to become "lynchistan".

This provoked treasury benches and heated exchanges took place when Roy used some unparliamentary words against some organisations and the government. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar made it clear that the government has always been ready for the debate on all issues including the alleged mob-lynching.

"When the prime minister himself has condemned the mob incidents repeatedly then it is upto the states to follow the law".

He said the lynchings were "planned", and mentioned Pehlu Khan, who was killed in Rajasthan in April when he was transporting cows with all valid documents, and other victims of mob lynchings.

He said the incidents of mob lynchings were not coming down. I request the government to list how many Gau Rakshaks they have arrested, and what lawful action they've taken.


When asked by opposition members whether government has set up "concentration camps" for them, he said no concentration camps have been established by the government but the refugees themselves have concentrated themselves there. They not only contended that the states where violence and lynching incidents have occurred are taking appropriate action, they also said "certain demons" have put on a "holy garb" to defame the government. You get unmasked when you raise these issues.

Biju Janata Dal leader Tathagata Satpathy said the lynchings are 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. "We should pass a resolution", she said. "The very fact that they are speaking their point of view, levelling allegations and not willing to listen to the answers, clearly confirms that their interest is not in the debate, but primarily perhaps only to level allegations", BJP leader Nalin Kohli told ANI. He said, the House should unanimously pass a resolution condemning all such incidents.

BJP's Hukmdev Narayan Yadav called the killings a conspiracy against the government.

The lower house of Parliament had witnessed uproarious scenes on Thursday when Congress members demanded a discussion on the issue.

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