Tahlka News bureau
Panjim: BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday defended the Narendra Modi governments record in the face of questions in some quarters on mob lynchings, many of them allegedly by cow vigilantes, many of them alleged by lynching took place between 2011 and 2013, when the congress-led UPA was in power at the center
When asked by the ongoing lynching ,Shah t want to compare and undermine the current incidents of lynching... i am also serious. (but) there have been more lynchings in 2011, 20132 ans 2013. Humaare teen sal main jitne lynching hue hain usse zyda hue hain ek saal mein. Magar kabhi yeh sawaal nahi uttha thha (There have been more incidents of lynching in each of these years than in NDA's three years)"
To the question on the growing apprehension" across the country over the government's apparent lack of effective action against the perpetrators of lynching, Shah asked, "Do you know of any such incident where arrests have been made? i do not have ant answer to 'apprehension'... There is no apprehension anywhere in the country." indicating that incidents of lynching, being law and order issues,are a state subject, Shah, who is on a two-day visitto Goa, said, "Aur ab (since NDA government took office) sawaal kis tarah se uthaye jaate hain? Mohammed Akhlaq ka death hua. Uttar Pradesh main Samajwadi party ki sarkar hain. Law and order stat subject hain. Jimmedari Samajwadi partry sarkar ki hain. Aur dharna Dilli mein Modi sarkar ke saamne nikalenge. Kya fashion hai? (And how are questions raised now? There was an Sp government in up when Akhlaq died. The responsibility is the Sp government's. but protest marches are taken out in Delhi, in front of the Modi government. What is this fashion?)"
Later in the evening, Shah met collation partners in Goa's capital Panaji, and other a gathering comprising professionals from various sectors, special invitees and potential voters, among others. He threw the floor open for questions at the beginning of the interaction. The questions leveled from real estate regulation to the state of education and from agitation in Darjeeling for a separate state of Gorakhaland to nationalisation of rivers, among others. On 'beef ban in Goa', when a local remarked that 'yeh beef ban Goa mein nahin chalega (this beef ban won't work in Goa)", Shah smiled and said, "Good you brought this up... Media ko isme ras hai. The ban was imposed in 1976 by a previous government. The BJP never imposed beef ban in Goa. but no one put this question on beef ban to the congress."
When asked about BJPs plan for minorities in the state, Shah said, "In state such as Gujrat, Rajasthan and Madhaya Pradesh, the population of minorities is more than the total population of Goa. we have been governing there for more than 15 years and the minorities face no problem. In fact... a sense of fears created between the minorities and the party."
On Kashmir crises, the BJP president said that r from the news on feels that Kashmir is gone from India but nothing like that is occurring on the ground. Maintaining that the situation in the valley cannot be based in four or five months, he said, "Kashmir has seen ups and downs since 1989 – the aw and order situation has always been boiling. You feel Kashmir has gone (out of control): neither is it gone, nor will it ever go... Our security forces will control the situation very, very soon and no one will have the courage to ever take on us again." On Gorkhaland situation, Shah said, "i Do not hold any government responsible for the fights emerging from acceptance of any language. The Government of India cannot stop these (language politics)... This will now have to be handled by the three sides – the Gorkhas, Mamata Banerjee (West Bengal government, and the Indian government."