NEW DELHI: Days after the Dadri lynching episode and cancellation of Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali’s concert in Mumbai, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has finally broken his silence and said that both these incidents are ‘unfortunate’.
Annoyed by the continuous attack from the Opposition, PM Modi in an interview to a newspaper said the responsibility does not lie with his Government.
“Dadri and Ghulam Ali incidents are definitely unfortunate but at the same time the Central government is not responsible for it,” Modi said.
Reacting on PM Modi’s speech, Sanjay Raut, Spokesperson Shiv Sena said, “PM linked with Godhra; can he question us?”
Sena said PM Modi’s comments were sad; “PM is only being politically correct.”
The Dadri lynching incident had lead to 50-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq’s death in Dadri. He had been attacked by an angry mob on September 28 over rumours that his family consumed beef in Bisada village of Dadri, Uttar Pradesh.
Akhlaq was dragged out of his home with his 22-year-old son Danish and the father-son duo were grievously injured by the mob. While Akhlaq died on the spot, Danish is being treated at a local hospital and has undergone two brain surgeries.
After the Dadri incident, another major embarrassment for the saffron party happened when its ally Shiv Sena in Maharashtra threatened to disrupt Ghulam Ali’s concert in Mumbai that led to its cancellation. In spite of the assurance from Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the organizers feared going ahead with the scheduled plan.
The Opposition has strongly reacted to both the incidents and questioned PM Modi’s silence over the two issues. Apart from this, they have also questioned the ink attack on ORF’s Sudheendra Kulkarni, who was the key man behind organising the book launch event for the former Pakistan Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri in Mumbai.
Hitting back at the accusations raised by the Opposition, PM Modi said, “The BJP never supports such incidents. The opposition accuses BJP of communal politics every time but actually they are the ones indulging in it.”