Union Finance Minster Arun Jaitley has dismissed protest against “growing intolerance” as a political move, ahead of the Congress party’s protest march to the President’s House, against the rise of “incidents of intolerance”. He reiterated that India has never been intolerant and will never be intolerant.
Countering the Congress’ protests, Jaitley said, “There is peace and harmony in the country. There have been incidents which should not have happened, but it is not right to make them an issue like this. Congress should tell us where there is intolerance. These incidents are taking place in states ruled by the Congress and other parties.”
On November 2, Congress President Sonia Gandhi had met President Pranab Mukherjee, and raised the issue of “rising intolerance”. Sonia Gandhi, along with her son and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi is expected to lead the party’s parliamentarians to the Rashtrapati Bhawan, later in the day.
Speaking at a rally in Bihar, PM Modi, raking up the 1984 Sikh riots, had responded to Congress’s criticism on the “intolerance” protest.
“Doob maro (drown in shame)… Try to remember that day in 1984 when Sikhs were being massacred in Delhi and all over India two-three days after Indira Gandhi was killed. There were serious charges against the Congress party and Congress leaders… And today on November 2, Congress party is lecturing on tolerance,” PM Modi said.