BJP draws flak in LS during debate on communal violence

BJP Thursday came under attack in Lok Sabha from the Opposition which accused the ruling party of fuelling communalism, resulting in uproar in the House during a debate on communal violence.

New Delhi: BJP Thursday came under attack in Lok Sabha from the Opposition which accused the ruling party of fuelling communalism, resulting in uproar in the House during a debate on communal violence.

Among those who targeted BJP were Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, E T Mohammed Basheer (IUML) and Mohammad Asrarul Haque (Cong).

The debate, which had been demanded by Congress whose leader Rahul Gandhi stormed the Well of the House last week, could not be replied to by Home Minister Rajnath Singh because of his indisposition.
The debate began last evening and Singh was to reply today, but could not as he was hospitalised.

Resuming the discussion, Yadav alleged that BJP was "responsible or behind" recent incidents of communal riots in Uttar Pradesh, where his party is in power.
His comment triggered strong protest from BJP and its allies, whose members were on their feet.

Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai pleaded with the members not to "shout" in the middle of a speech and if they have objection they should raise it later.

"Communalism is dangerous for the country. Small matters lead to communal flare-up... We have been victims of communalism," Yadav said.

He said there are two reasons for rise in communal tension in the country -- mutual distrust and minorities not getting enough facilities.

There was loss of harmony in the country, he said, while demanding setting up of a committee to look into the incidence of violence.

He sought to downplay recent incidents of violence in Saharanpur and Muzaffarnagar, claiming they were inter- community disputes and not riots.

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