NEW DELHI: Accusing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi of selective amnesia and not taking appropriate action in the wake of the Dadri lynching, country’s main opposition party Congress on Wednesday said that it is not posturing that is needed but concrete action.
"Narendra Modi is suffering from selective amnesia. He has forgotten that he is the Prime Minister of entire country and safety and protecting the life of 125 crore citizens of India is his responsibility," Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.
The Congress leader also sought to know whether the Prime Minister had spoken to the Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav after the Dadri incident.
"Will the Prime Minister tell the nation what action did he take against Mahesh Sharma, his minister? What action did he take against another minister Sanjeev Balyan? What action did he take against BJP leaders of the ilk Sangeet Som as also Sadhvi Prachi and others?" Surjewala asked.
The Congress spokesperson's remarks came after Modi in an interview accused the opposition of indulging in pseudo secularism and politics of polarisation and 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 PM also said that the opposition was using minorities as vote bank by raising the bogey of communalism.
"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.
On his party's stand (on such incidents), Modi said, "BJP never supported such kind of incidents. The opposition is raising the bogey of communalism against BJP bringing those incidents, but are they themselves not doing politics of polarisation".
He said, "Such debate has taken place in the past. BJP always opposed pseudo-secularism. Now again this debate is taking place in the face of unfortunate social malaise".
"This debate can be resolved through dialogue and discussion," he said.
Modi claimed those parties were resorting to such propaganda which did not want the development of minorities and look at them as vote bank.
Criticising the Prime Minister, Surjewala said that he selectively forgets that BJP government is in power in Maharashtra where Ali's concert was cancelled or Sudheendra Kulkarni's face was smeared with ink.
He also added that artists of the entire nation are up in arms against attack on rationalists.
"So Prime Minister sahib, posturing alone would not do. Concrete action will," Surjewala said.
JD(U) president Sharad Yadav also criticised the Prime Minister saying that while he is quick to speak on the victories of the cricket team, he was speaking on the Dadri incident after much delay. He described the Dadri lynching as a "Talibani act".