New Delhi: Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal on Monday termed as “another jumla” Home Minister of India Amit Shah’s remarks that ‘riots don’t take place under BJP rule’, PTI reported.
Shah cited the number of instances of ‘communal violence’ under a BJP government at the GoI and in some states.
At a public meeting in Hisua falling under Bihar’s Nawada district, Shah said, “Let Narendra Modi return to power in 2024 with majority, giving 40 out of 40 seats (in Bihar), and help BJP form its own government in the assembly polls in 2025. The job of straightening rioters by hanging them upside down (‘ulta latka kar’) will be done by the BJP.”
Reacting to Shah’s remarks, Sibal said, “Yet another jumla (rhetoric).”
The former GoI minister said, “5415 communal riots reported between 2014-2020 (NCRB data). 2019 alone 25 communal riots UP(9), Maharashtra (4), MP(2). Communal violence: Haryana(2021) highest cases, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh (April 2022)”.
In the wake of communal violence in West Bengal and Bihar, Sibal had on Sunday questioned the “silence” of Modi over the matter, and said “let not 2024 general elections be the reason” for the violence.
Sibal’s remarks had come after violence rocked Sasaram and Bihar Sharif towns during Ram Navami festivities.