Opposition targets Modi Govt on violence in name of faith, says diversity of country in danger

Opposition targets Modi Govt on violence in name of faith, says diversity of country in danger


New Delhi: Targetting the Modi Government for the recent incidents of violence in the country in the name of faith and religion, the Opposition today voiced their concern over the threat to the diversity and the composite culture under the present establishment. Addressing a 'Sanjhi Virasat Bachao' (save composite culture) event, being attended by leaders of the Congress, Samajwadi Party, the RJD, the CPI, the CPI(M), the Nationalist Congress Party, the National Conference and other parties, Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav said the diversity and composite culture of the country were under threat under the present Government. Mr Yadav said that violence was being perpetrated in the country in the name of faith, religion and 'Love Jehad' which had put the diversity of the country under threat. 'Some people are trying to disturb the atmosphere of communal harmony in the country. Those cherishing communal harmony should respond to this through non-violent means,' he said at the event, attended by Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ahmed Patel. Mr Sitaram Yechury of the CPI(M), Manoj Jha of the RJD and former Jharkhand Chief Minister Babu Lal Marandi. Mr Yadav said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his speech on Independence Day, had said that violence in the name of faith would not be tolerated. 'This is a good thing. However, what he said is not visible on the ground. Wherever there are BJP Governments, they should be given this message,' he said. Describing diversity as a religion, castes and communities as a USP of the country, Mr Yadav said,'despite the various contradictions, we have a composite culture. People of the country live in a spirit of communal harmony. However, all this is now under threat due to some forces,' he said.

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