The Congress is set to file a complaint against Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his pulling up of the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh for discriminating between Hindus and Muslims by providing electricity during religious festivals of one community and not the other.
Speaking to ANI, secretary of the Legal and Human Rights Department of the Congress party K.C. Mittal confirmed the development, stating that a complaint will be filed over what party refers to as the Prime Minister’s “deplorable” statement during his address.
Prime Minister Modi on Sunday said that no government must discriminate the public on the lines of religion and caste. “Ramzan me bijli athi hai tho Diwali me bhi ani chahiye; Bhedbhav nhi hona chahiye (If there is electricity during Ramadan then it must be available during Diwali too; there shouldn’t be any discrimination),”he said. "Agar Holi pe bijli milti hai, toh Eid pe bhi bijli milni chahiye,” he added. (If there is electricity during Holi then it must be available during Eid too).
It is interesting that the Congress party finds such a secular call to not discriminate between Hindu and Muslims “deplorable”. Given its history of passing sectarian laws which discriminate against Hindus in education via the benevolently named Right to Education Act, exclusive scholarships for minorities and so on, it is not surprising that the party finds PM Modi’s comments deplorable.
The other statement which seems to have invited the wrath of the Congress was when he said, “Gaon me kabristan banta hai to shamshaan bhi banna chahiye” (If land is given for cemetery in a village, it should be given for cremation ground also).
Asserting that the public should not be divided on lines of caste and religion, he further stated that “Sabka sath, sabka vikas” is his government’s mantra.
With inputs from ANI.
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