Congress leader Salman Khurshid has hit out at chiefs of opposition parties over the hate speeches delivered at the Haridwar Dharam Sansad, asking if electoral calculations had imposed a silence on them.
“Electoral calculations impose silence on Akhilesh bhaiya, Mamata didi, Mayawati behenji, Kejriwal even as calls for genocide and assassination of a great PM go viral. How long will quest for power keep us divided when we should unite against hate?” Khurshid tweeted.
In another tweet over the inflammatory speeches at the religious events, Khurshid questioned if the country is under attack from “an enemy within.” “The predominant silence about Haridwar gathering is disturbing. BJP leadership is quiet. Is this madness to ignore? Is there a conspiracy of silence? Now Chhattisgarh gathering. Is India under attack by the enemy within? Is Hinduism in peril?”
Some people have been booked in connection with alleged hate speeches against a particular community in Haridwar during a three-day Dharma Sansad, held from December 17-19 in the city. The names of Dharamdas and Annapurna, a woman, were added on Saturday in the FIR lodged.
Earlier, police said it had booked Wasim Rizvi aka Jitendra Tyagi, and others under Section 153A of the Indian Penal Code in the case.
In the Raipur case, religious leader Kalicharan Maharaj has been booked for allegedly using derogatory words against Mahatma Gandhi at ‘Dharam Sansad’ held on December 26 in the capital city.
Salman Khurshid had earlier also condemned the incident and said that what happened in Haridwar gathering was not against a particular community but against “Sanatan Dharm.”
“What the gathering in Haridwar did is not against minorities but against Sanatan Dharm. We stand in solidarity with a noble faith, unafraid and undaunted. India needs us to serve before self. Yet we hate the sin not the sinners,” Mr Khurshid had tweeted on December 24.