Accusing the opposition of indulging in pseudo secularism and politics of polarisation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has described the Dadri lynching incident and the cancellation of Ghulam Ali’s concert in Mumbai as “unfortunate” but said his government has nothing to do with them.
“The Dadri incident or opposition to Pakistani singer is undesirable and unfortunate. But what is the central government’s relation with these incidents”, Modi told Bengali daily Ananda Bazar Patrika.
This is the first time that Prime Minister Modi has spoken not just about Dadri, but also about the events in Mumbai against Pakistan’s Ghulam Ali and former Pakistan minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri.
“The BJP and the government at the Centre do not support such incidents. The BJP has always been against fake secularism,” Modi said. “The opposition is playing politics of polarization and they see minorities as vote banks,” PM Modi added.
Dadri’s 50-year-old Akhlaq was dragged out of his home by a 200-strong mob and beaten to death after a public announcement from a local temple that the family had slaughtered a calf and eaten its meat in Uttar Pradesh’s Bishada village.
The incident had triggered nationwide outrage and a number of eminent authors returned their literary awards in protest.
Concerned over communal incidents in Dadri and other places, the Centre had last week asked all states to take strict action against those who attempt to weaken the secular fabric of the country by exploiting religious emotions.