Congress slams PM silence on violence

New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi's silence on the violence in Maharashtra, saying he should have sent out a reassuring message of peace and amity to the people.

Congress leader Veerappa Moily said: "Whose responsibility is it to ensure normality when such a situation develops? The Prime Minister could have been the one person to send out a message of peace and amity. He was sitting in Delhi but refused to come to Parliament despite demands for his statement."

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge echoed the view and said the Prime Minister always remained silent on such occasions.

Moily said: "The Maharashtra violence is disturbing, it could be a trigger for greater unrest. It is wrong to portray it as a Maratha versus Dalit fight."

"This is a conspiracy by the RSS-BJP. The Maratha-Dalit bonding is strong in Maharashtra. Those who incited violence belong to the RSS-BJP. Milind Ekhote and Sambhaji Bhide are known RSS activists," Moily added.

The Congress leader showed purported photographs of some of these men with the Prime Minister and Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Rahul Gandhi had on Tuesday blamed the RSS-BJP for the violence fuelled by caste rifts. The Congress president had tweeted: "A central pillar of the RSS/BJP's fascist vision for India is that Dalits should remain at the bottom of Indian society. Una, Rohith Vemula and now Bhima-Koregaon are potent symbols of the resistance."


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