Govt ignoring intolerance issue: Oppn

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Nov 2015 11:45:42

Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia speaks in Lok Sabha during the second day of winter session of Parliament in New Delhi on Friday. (PTI)



OPPOSITION parties on Friday accused the BJP-led Government of doing nothing to allay the apprehensions of the people in the prevailing atmosphere of alleged intolerance and communal strife in the country, saying it also had “difficulty” with the word secularism in the Constitution.
Participating in the debate on commitment to India’s Constitution in Lok Sabha, Congress chief whip Jyotiraditya Scindia referred to Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s speech on Thursday where he had said the word ‘secular’ was not in the Preamble when the Constitution was adopted but was incorporated through the 42nd amendment in 1976.
“This Government has difficulty with the word secularism and that is why it was highlighted in the debate,” he said.
Scindia attacked the Government for allegedly remaining silent over the protests by artists and writers over the “growing intolerance”, saying it had done nothing to remove the alleged fear psychosis of the people. The Congress leader said when two Dalit children were allegedly burnt alive, a Central Minister gave the analogy of a dog. When someone questioned a Governor for his statement
that ‘Hindustan is for Hindus’,
he said that ‘Muslims are free
to go to either Pakistan or Bangladesh’.
When artists were returning awards, a sitting MP compared them with LeT founder Hafiz Saeed and even President of a political party had said that crackers would be burst in Pakistan if BJP lost the Bihar Assembly elections, virtually describing the people as traitor.
Scindia’s claim that RSS had burnt the effigies of B R Ambedkar when he talked about Hindu code thinking that it was an attack on the Hinduism, invited sharp reaction from ruling party benches.

PM, Kharge shake hands after debate

AFTER BJP and Congress targeted each other during a debate on the Constitution, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Leader of the main Opposition party were seen in LS exchanging pleasantries in a display of bonhomie.
“Dil mile na mile, hath toh mila hee sakte hain (We may have differences but we can still shake hands),” Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge quipped as he walked towards the treasury benches to shake hands with Modi. Modi, while shaking hands with Kharge, was heard saying “we are wearing matching dresses”.