As the politicisation of the Dadri incident continues, controversial statements made by few of the BJP leaders have adversely affected the ruling party’s image. Many BJP leaders feel that the incident should not have been given a communal color. Ironically, some of the people who are giving it a communal color seem to be from within the party. The BJP did distance itself from all the controversial remarks, but they can't seem to stop making headlines. Here are some of the controversial comments made by few BJP leaders on the Dadri lynch incident:
Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma termed the brutal lynching of 45-year-old Mohammed Akhlaq by a frenzied mob in Bisara village at Dadri in Greater Noida an ‘accident’, claiming that ‘some misunderstanding’ had led to the incident. “This (incident) should be considered an accident without giving any communal colour to it,” he said.
‘Consuming Cow Meat is Wrong, Excitement of Kids led to the Attack’
Soon after the incident took place, BJP leader and a former MLA Nawab Singh Nagar said “if anybody was consuming cow meat then that is wrong”. He further seemed to have justified that act saying that it was the 'excitement of kids' that led to the attack due to the nationwide movement against cow slaughter.
BJP Leader Wants Cow Slaughterers Arrested Instead
Two days later to the incident, another local BJP leader Vichitra Tomar pops up with a statement saying "The police have arrested innocent people. We also demand legal action against those people, who are engaged in cow slaughter as it is hurting Hindu sentiments."
BJP MP Tarun Vijay Wants Muslims to be a “Victim and Face Assaults”
Why responsibility to keep peace and maintain calm is always put on the Hindus alone? Be a victim and maintain silence in face of assaults!!— Tarun Vijay (@Tarunvijay) October 1, 2015
“Why responsibility to keep peace and maintain calm is always put on the Hindus alone? Be a victim and maintain silence in face of assaults!!,” BJP MP makes a shocking Tweet. Tarun Vijay is a former RSS Hindi weekly editor called ‘Panchajanya’.
“Police Did Not Take the Meat Samples Seriously”
BJP district president Thakur Harish Singh said “The locals gave samples of meat to the police but they (the cops) did not take it seriously. Then some people got agitated." The statement bizarrely, suggests that the agitation was or would be justified if the meat samples were beef.
Alternative Conspiracy Theory by a BJP Leader
Another senior BJP leader from Uttar Pradesh, Shrichand Sharma told the Delhi-based Indian Express that “The man did not die because of the injuries but because of shock when someone (wrongly) told him his son was dead.” He went on to say that this happens “everyday” and contradicting his own words he says that this isn’t a communal riot and that “when we hurt people’s sentiments, such clashes take place…..whose blood won’t boil if they see cow slaughter?”
Background of the incident
In a gruesome incident in Uttar Pradesh (UP), Mohammad Akhlaq was beaten and stoned to death by a lynch mob allegedly over rumours that his family had been consuming and storing beef at home.
Around six people were arrested in connection with the lynching of the 50-year-old man and his 22-year-old son. Akhlaq’s son has been grievously injured and has been admitted to a hospital in critical condition.
The incident took place in Bisara village of UP, Dadri where the residents attacked Akhlaq based on mere rumours.
District magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar, NP Singh told that police forces have been deployed in the area and that the situation is now under control. Read more
(With inputs from agencies)