NEW DELHI: Lok Sabha on Monday witnessed a political slugfest over the mob lynching incident in Rajasthan. Pointing out that it has been the fourth such incident in the state, Congress MP Karan Singh Yadav raised the issue during the Zero Hour. The Congress MP charged that mob violence is unabated in the state, which is heading for Assembly elections.“Those who claim to be gau rakshaks (cow protectors) are behind this incident of mob lynching. Police wasted time in taking the victim to hospital, which eventually led to his death,” Yadav said. The BJP MPs strongly protested Yadav’s claims.
The war of words over mob lynching spilled even outside the Parliament, with Union Minister Piyush Goyal tweeting to caution Congress president Rahul Gandhi from rejoicing over a death. “Stop jumping with joy every time a crime happens, Mr Rahul Gandhi. The state has already assured strict & prompt action. You divide the society in every manner possible for electoral gains & then shed crocodile tears. Enough is enough. You are a MERCHANT OF DEATH,” he tweeted.
Gandhi had earlier in the day tweeted that the incident showed the brutal face of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “New India”.Union Minister Smriti Irani reminded the Opposition party of Bhagalpur and Nellie communal riots. She accused Gandhi of playing “politics of vulture”. “There is not a single incident where the Congress president doesn’t try to divide the society for his electoral politics,” accused Irani.