New Delhi: Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal on Monday termed Home Minister Amit Shah’s comment that riots will not happen under BJP rule as “another jumble”, citing the number of incidents of communal violence under the BJP government at the Centre. Some states.
Addressing a public meeting at Hishua under Nawada district of Bihar, Amit Shah said, “Let Prime Minister Narendra Modi come to power in 2024 with a majority, let BJP form its own government with 40-40 seats (in Bihar). Assembly elections in 2025. (‘Ulta Latka Kar’) was done by the BJP to hang the rioters upside down. “There will be no riots under our rule.
Responding to the comment, Mr Sibal said, “Amit Shah said: ‘There will be no riots under our rule’. Another jumla (rhetoric).” Former union 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) most cases, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh (April 2022)”.
Following communal violence in West Bengal and Bihar, Mr Sibal on Sunday questioned Prime Minister Modi’s “silence” on the matter and said the violence “should not be attributed to the 2024 general elections”.
Kapil Sibal’s comments came after communal violence broke out in the towns of Sasaram and Bihar Sharif during the Ram Navami festival.
Mr Sibal, who was a Union minister during the UPA 1 and 2 regime, defected from the Congress in May last year and was elected to the Rajya Sabha as an independent member with the support of the Samajwadi Party.
He recently launched a non-electoral platform ‘Insaf’ aimed at fighting injustice.