Bengaluru/Mumbai: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday hailed Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s statement against self-styled cow vigilantes and asked the Congress party to not communalize the issue. BJP leader Sanju Singh said that the Congress should not give the menace of lynching a religious colour to siphon brownie points, instead should fight the political battle at the hustings.
“More lynching incidents were in the Congress regime. But the bigger point is that lynching is condemnable, the BJP does not endorse any sort of vigilantism and lawlessness,” said Singh. “Congress is practicing communal politics. People can see through the façade. I will tell the Congress that please don’t try to gather attention through communal politics. Please fight the political battle at the hustings,” she added.
Echoing similar sentiments another BJP leader S. Prakash urged the Congress to not play on the lynching issue to score political points. “Lynching issue was brought in the Parliament by the political parties to score points. Jaitley ji categorically states that people challenging law will be punished,” said Prakash.
Jaitley yesterday condemned incidents of cow vigilantism across the nation and urged political parties and their leaders not to give it political colour. “This issue should not be given political colour. Violence can never be a partisan issue,” Jaitley said in the Rajya Sabha today.
Jaitley further said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh have already condemned incidents of taking the law in their hands in name of ‘Gau Raksha’. “Action has been taken in all such incidents in a systematic manner and arrests were also made. All those, against whom evidence is going to be found, are going to be charge-sheeted and then prosecuted for the offences,” he added.