PM talks tough on mob lynching

PM talks tough on mob lynching
NEW DELHI, AUG 12 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 8/12/2018 11:08:30 AM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday categorically asserted that mob lynching was a crime, no matter the motive. In an interview to Times of India, Modi said: “I want to make it clear that mob lynching is a crime, no matter the motive. No person can, under any circumstances, take the law into his or her own hands and commit violence.”

He said the state governments needed to adopt effective measures to prevent mob violence and lynching, protect innocent citizens irrespective of caste, creed, place, time and religion, and take stringent action as per law against the perpetrators of such violence. “I also expect that everyone-- society, people at large, government and government functionaries and political parties-- have a duty to fight this menace,” Modi stated.

In order to formulate appropriate measures to address the situation, he said the government has also set up a high level committee chaired by the Union home secretary to deliberate the matter and make recommendations. The government has also constituted a group of ministers headed by the Union home minister to consider the committee’s recommendations.

NRC: No citizen of India will have to leave

In an interview to ANI, Prime Minister Modi while addressing the issue of over 40 lakh people that have been excluded from the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC), said “no citizen of India will have to leave the country.”

“I want to assure the people that no citizen of India will have to leave the country. As per the due process, all possible opportunities will be given to get their concerns addressed,” Modi said. “Those who have lost faith in themselves, fear loss of popular support and lack faith in our institutions can use words like ‘civil war’,‘blood bath’ and ‘desh ke tukde tukde...,” ANI quoted him as saying.

Confident of bigger win in 2019 elections

Prime Minister said he would be re-elected with an even bigger majority in parliament after 2019 Lok Sabha elections, dismissing opposition attempts to rouse opinion against his government for failing to deliver on promises of swift economic development and more jobs for young people. “We will definitely get more seats than we got the last time and I am confident that we will break all records of the seats won by NDAl in the past...,” Modi said.

Opposition hits back 

Some opposition parties led by the Congress Sunday hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his attack on their unity efforts, and said they, unlike the ruling coalition, stood united and would defeat the BJP in the 2019 parliamentary election.

The Congress, Left parties and others attacked Modi, saying he is speaking out of “nervousness” and that it is the NDA which is crumbling and not the opposition which stands together.

Congress said that Modi could not list a single achievement of his government in his interviews and alleged that he was seeking to build a narrative for the BJP by “weaving lies and concocting theories”.

On incidents of lynching too, they said Modi has not demanded answers from the BJP-ruled states under which the maximum lynching cases have taken place.

Instead of preaching, he should seek answers from his own party governments in Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan as to why these are happening, CPI’s D Raja said.

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