Questioning the ‘enigmatic silence’ of Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, over the communal violence that erupted during Ram Navami processions in Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled states, the Communist Party of India Marxist (CPI-M) has demanded stringent punishment for those who committed acts of violence against the members of Muslim community.
The CPI-M in a statement also criticised the use of religious festivals by the extremist Hindu organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to promote communal politics.
The party said the communal violence during processions on the occasion of Ram Navami in several Indian states – Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Jharkhand etc. – is a matter of deep concern.
Referring to reports, the CPI-M said that there was a pattern in the areas where these incidents have occurred with aggressive armed processions using the occasion to shout the most provocative slogans while passing through Muslim inhabited colonies leading to altercations followed by stone pelting.
It pointed out the BJP leader Kapil Mishra’s presence in Madhya Pradesh town Khargone which experienced the worst violence. “In the first such incident which occurred in Khargone it is no coincidence that BJP leader Kapil Mishra, the serial offender of hate toxic speeches such as those he had made prior to the communal violence in New Delhi, was present in the area,” it said.
The CPI-M said there have been highly objectionable incidents such as in Bihar where a saffron flag has been planted on a mosque in the presence of the police. In Delhi on the JNU campus, the Sangh Parivar affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in the name of Ram Navami attacked mess workers in a hostel canteen to prevent them from serving non-vegetarian food and then attacked students who came to their rescue.
The CPI-M also criticised the Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Bihar governments for giving permission to procession to pass through Muslim-dominated localities. “The role of administrations in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Bihar are highly suspect as they gave permission for such processions to pass through minority community areas without adequate preparations. In addition, in Madhya Pradesh without the due process of law, property of those accused of being “rioters” almost all of them from the minority (Muslim) community have been demolished.”
The CPI-M also questioned Modi’s deafening silence on these incidents. “This is nothing but bulldozing the law and the Constitution of India. The deafening silence of the Prime Minister even though such incidents have occurred in seven states adds to the concern that these events have the patronage of those in power”.
The party also appealed to all sections of people to maintain peace and foil the objective of those who wish to divide them in the name of religion. It called upon its units to work for maintaining peace and harmony through appropriate activities.
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