Prime Minister Narendra Modi has broken his longstanding silence over the Dadri incident, along with other controversies, saying that, the central government had no role to play in them. Earlier, during a speech in Bihar, he only pointed out to President Pranab Mukherjee’s remark, praising the President on his views on the issues, and urging people to follow his lead.
According to ABP news, the PM has said that the incident in Dadri, and the cancellation of Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali’s concert in Mumbai, due to protests by the BJP-ally Shiv Sena, were saddening. He, however, questioned why the Centre was being dragged into the controversy.
“This debate has taken place earlier as well. The BJP has always opposed fake secularism. Today, thanks to these tragedies they are sparking a debate again. It is possible to resolve this through dialogue.The BJP never supports such incidents. On the basis of such events, the Opposition is accusing the BJP of speading communalism, but aren’t they indulging in politics of polarisation themselves?” he said.
He also refuted the allegation that the reason as to why he was maintaining a silence on said controversies, was in order to boost the party’s chances in Bihar.
“To what extent is the role of the central government in these incidents? The Dadri murder, MM Kalburgi’s murder, opposition to Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali, the opposition to the book launch of Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, the throwing of ink on Sudheendra Kulkarni, why is Modi silent on these issues? This question is constantly being raised. The opposition says that ‘Modi gives his view on every big and small incident but his silence is a strategy. The BJP wants to increase the communal rift in Bihar’,” the PM said, adding that none of these claims were true.
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi has alleged that the silence was part of a strategy of the BJP to polarise the country. “The BJP and the Prime Minister have a strategy of polarising this country and they have a strategy of making Hindus and Muslims fight against each other,” alleged Rahul, on Friday.