Pardeep Singh Bali
The Lower House on Thursday witnessed pandemonium after opposition demanded condemnation of House on the ‘hateful’ speech of VHP leader Sadhvi Prachi against Muslims.
Before the beginning of question hour, the opposition led by the Congress and National Conference leaders created ruckus in the House and demanded the response of the government over Sadhvi Prachi’s statement, wherein she reportedly stated to make ‘Muslim-Mukt-Bharat ( Muslim free India)’.
Legislators of NC led by Mubarak Gul and Congress led by GM Saroori and Nawang Rigzin Jora cornered coalition government over the ‘hate speeches’.
“Government has to response over the hateful speech of Sadvi Prachi,” said Mubarak Gul, who was followed by Ali Mohammad Sagar, Mohd Shafi Uri, Altaf Ahmad Kaloo and Abdul Majid Larmi.
Accusing central government of destroying secular fabric of the nation, GM Saroori said that such statements are aimed at dividing the people on the basis of religion. “These people, who spew venom on the name of religion, are hell bent of dividing the nation, besides destroying its social fabric,” said Saroori. Supporting the demands, CPI(M) state secretary and MLA Kulgam-MY Tarigami asked the government to clear its stand regarding the statement, as it is highly provocative.
“India belongs to everyone. This nation is not a property of any individual community or religion. This nation was founded on secular base, so such statements are highly provocative to damage its integrity,” Tarigami said. Meanwhile, BJP state president-Sat Sharma tried to deviate the issue, but was heckled by independent legislator-Er Rasheed, who skeptically pricked the government saying, “You want to make India Muslim free, that’s why Kashmiris do not trust you,” he added “This is government’s slogan ‘desh badal raha hai.”
In defence of the government, Deputy Chief Minister-Dr Nirmal Singh responded by saying “Mere newspaper report cannot authenticate the reports. Even if somebody has said like this, it is highly condemnable,” concluded Singh before he was interrupted by NC legislator Abdul Majeed Larmi, who demanded action against the Sadvi Prachi. Undeterred by the interruptions, Dy CM said that India is a secular state and such statements are not good for the integrity and secularity of the nation. “There is no scope for such statements, as every individual belongs to it equally,” said DyCM.