As incidents of communal violence plague the country, opposition parties have questioned silence from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the matter. In a joint appeal, 13 parties have said that they were shocked that the PM has failed to speak against the communal clashes and take appropriate action to punish the guilty.
The appeal was made by opposition parties that include Congress, RJD, Trinamool, CPI(M), DMK, Nationalist Congress Party and others. However, Aam Aadmi Party and Shiv Sena and some others were not involved.
The appeal, that was made available for the public by Congress leader Salman Khurshid through Twitter, said “This silence is an eloquent testimony to the fact that such private armed mobs enjoy the luxury of official patronage.” This refers to communal riots that broke out in various regions on the day of Ram Navami and also some other violent confrontations that happened over personal food and religious preferences.
The parties also suggested that action must be taken against mis-use of social media and other platforms which are being used to spread hate and prejudice.
India will only prosper if the people will embrace its colorful diversity and work towards living in harmony with each other, the appeal has said. Concluding the matter, the appeal said, “We appeal to all sections of the people to maintain peace and foil the sinister objective of those who wish to sharpen communal polarization. We call upon all our party units across the country to independently and jointly work for maintaining peace and harmony.”