Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Monday took a jibe at the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). On the 11th day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, Kharge raised the issue of mob lynching and the atrocities associated with it in the Lok Sabha. “Aaj poore desh mein bhay aur aatank ka mahaul hai, bheed dwara hatyaon ka silsila tham nahi raha. (Today entire nation is gripped under the fear of frequent mob lynching),” ANI quoted Kharge as saying. He also blamed the BJP of supporting cow vigilantes and other related groups.
“The government is indirectly encouraging groups like Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), Bajrang Dal and also gau rakshaks.” Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh have become mob lynching centres, the Congress leader added.
Kharge also highlighted several instances of lynching across the country, to which BJP leader Nishikant Dubey retaliated saying that many of the cases cited by Kharge are already in courts under IPC Section 352.
According to NDTV, Kharge further said, “Who is responsible for all of this? Why are such incidents of mob violence rising so rapidly? Who is allowing groups such as Bajrang Dal to flourish?”
“You talk of action, but what action have you taken? There was a mob lynching incident the same day the Prime Minister spoke out against such incidents. He said that swift and strict action will be taken, but what happened? We ask the Prime Minister – What have you done about it? Where is the action? We ask the government of the day – What are you doing?” Kharge said.
Later, Union Minister Ananth Kumar also responded to Kharge’s allegations. He said, “Every state he (Kharge) mentioned acted on those who took law in their hands, cases are subjudice.”
The ongoing Monsoon session was disrupted last week after the Opposition created an uproar over the political developments in Bihar with Nitish Kumar switching alliance with the BJP. Even the Congress accused the BJP of poaching its MLAs in Gurajat ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections.