Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has accused the BJP of fomenting religious hatred and encouraging division among brothers for political benefits. In a detailed interview given to a national news paper, he has said that “Communal conflict is being artificially and deliberately engineered in our country, especially in Uttar Pradesh. This is a deliberate strategy to divide the poor of this country and pit brother against brother; to prevent people from uniting to fight the true enemy — inequality, poverty and lack of opportunity.”
Over 600 small incidents of communal nature are reported in Uttar Pradesh after the BJP government has been formed, most of them in areas where by elections for 12 constituencies are set to take place in November, as per media reports.
Rahul pointed to these numbers and said that such incidents work “against the very heart of this nation and cause deep damage to the foundation upon which it was built… It poses unimaginable long-term dangers for the future of our country. “This politics of promoting polarisation and divisiveness for electoral gain must end,” he felt.
BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi contradicted Rahul’s criticism and said that “Rahul Gandhi should understand that he should stop using his political secularism formula. If he continues with his formula, it will be difficult for them. They should try to find a better political direction for their party. People have rejected them and still they are not able to understand that.”
Minister Prakash Javdekar too responded on Rahul’s allegations and said that “Rahul Gandhi going into an attacking mode is a useless thing, because the Congress is the biggest party that does communal politics. Congress spreads communal poison in the country, but we try to take everyone along.”
Another union minister Smriti Irani too spoke on the issue, slammed Rahul’s criticism as ‘baseless’ and ‘frustrated.’ Asked Congress to explain it’s tie up with Samajwadi Party first before hurling allegations on BJP.
The communal violence bill featured majorly in the Parliament too recently, with Rahul running into the Lok Sabha well demanding to place the bill immediately.