Gorakhpur: Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for saying there was no intolerance in the land of Mahatma Gandhi, Uttar Pradesh Minority Welfare Minister Azam Khan questioned the statement saying how could he have used the names of the national leader after he was murdered for preaching tolerance.
"People abroad wanted an honest answer from the Prime Minister about the rampant intolerance in our nation and he used Buddhism and Gandhism as his defence. But when Buddhism started spreading in India, a 'Mukti Movement' had begun, slaughtering all the Buddhists and you can see what the RSS did to Gandhi. This is not the answer and he needs to give an response that the world will accept," Khan told ANI.
Addressing the issue of 'intolerance' in India in his joint statement in UK, Prime Minister Modi had said that India was the land of Gandhi and Buddha, and intolerance would not be tolerated at any cost.
"Any event in any corner of India - it doesn't matter if there are even one or two incidents - we will not tolerate it and the law will deal with it strictly. It does not matter whether such an incident is significant for a country of 125 crore people. For us, every incident is serious. We will not accept anything that goes against our social values," Prime Minister Modi had said in his statement.
Prime Minister Modi arrived in the United Kingdom yesterday for a three day visit and was welcomed with a Guard of Honour by his British counterpart David Cameron at the Treasury Quadrangle after which they proceeded to the latter's official residence, 10 Downing Street, for bilateral talks.