New Delhi, Dec 6: The Congress on Thursday attacked the BJP over the Bulandshahr mob violence, claiming the ruling party's "true dream or version of new India" is to transform "Hindustan into lynchistan".
At a press conference here, Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill alleged that whenever an incident of lynching and mob violence happens in the country, the BJP acts like the "spokesperson and the defender" of the accused.
Asked about Yogi Adityanath's order of strict action against cow slaughter, unlawful trade in cattle and illegal slaughterhouses, he claimed the Uttar Pradesh chief minister will "never speak on any mob violence because the perpetrators of crime, the participants of mob, the lynch mob force are supported and constituted by the Bharatiya Janata Party."
Adityanath has ordered a thorough probe and issued directions to take strict action against those involved in the alleged cow slaughter in the western Uttar Pradesh district.
Earlier in the day, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, when asked about the Bulandshahr violence, noted that the state government has ordered an SIT probe and people should wait for its report.
A mob of some 400 people fought pitched battles with police on Monday in Siana area of Bulandshahr district, apparently after right-wing activists were angered by the discovery of cow carcasses strewn in a nearby jungle.
The incident had left Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and 20-year-old Sumit Kumar dead.
"Even in the incident (in Bulandshahr), a representative of the VHP, a BJP youth wing leader, and a BJP member are named as an accused because the truth is BJP's true dream or a version of new India is to transform 'Hindustan' into 'lynchistan'," Shergill said.
"It is a fixed match between the mob violence and the BJP to spread the atmosphere of violence. Today in Uttar Pradesh, 'acche din' have only come on criminals and goons and 'bure din' have come for the policemen and the women of the state," he claimed.
This is a sad state of affairs and a thorough independent investigation should be ordered immediately, the Congress leader said.
On the slain inspector's younger son Abhishek appealing for communal harmony, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, in a Facebook post, said: "Your father would be feeling proud of you, the country is feeling proud of you."
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New Delhi: Within hours of Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar welcoming her into the party fold, Haryanavi singer-dancer Sapna Chaudhary Sunday claimed she has not joined the Congress and accused it of using her old pictures with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
Babbar had Saturday night welcomed Chaudhary into the party and posted a picture on Twitter of the dancer with Congress general secretary in-charge of east Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
"I welcome Sapna Chaudhary ji in the Congress family," Babbar had tweeted.
Chaudhary also said she will not campaign for any political party in the Lok Sabha election.
"I have not joined the Congress party. My pictures with Priyanka Gandhi are old, as I have met her many times in the past. These pictures are old. The biggest issue is that I have not joined any party," she told reporters.
When confronted by reporters about her pictures filling up forms of Congress membership, Chaudhary said if her old interview can be aired, why cannot her pictures be passed of as new.
A close aide of Babbar, who was seen in the picture with Chaudhary Saturday evening, had nothing to say on the singer taking a U-turn. He also displayed the membership form she had apparently filled up on her joining the party.
Sources said Chaudhary was keen to contest from Mathura, where the BJP has fielded Bollywood actor Hema Malini.
However, the Congress declared Mahesh Pathak as the party candidate from Mathura in the eighth list of candidates for the Lok Sabha polls released Saturday night.