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Azad slams Centre over rise in mob lynchings across nation

News Agencies | Updated on: 19 July 2017, 18:09 IST

Congress party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Wednesday criticised the government for not taking steps to stop the rise in mob lynchings across the nation.

Azad said in the Rajya Sabha, "The government is not doing anything on the issue of lynching plaguing the country. Also the lynching of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Ayub Pandith in Srinagar on June 22 was a shameful one which was against humanity".

Taking potshots at the Centre, he said that Jharkhand had become an 'akhara' of lynching.

"There is no place left from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, where lynchings did not happen. I'm not saying lynchings never happened in the past. But those were at individual level. This time one or other ruling party person is involved," Azad said.

Earlier in the day, the Congress raised issues like mob lynching and farmers' suicide as the third day of the Monsoon Session of the Parliament began.

The Lok Sabha was adjourned yesterday following an uproar by the Opposition.

The Lower House was adjourned for the day on Monday too after an obituary to former members and victims of the Amarnath terror attack was given.

The Monsoon Session of the Parliament will continue till August 11.

The Opposition had also raised issues like China, Jammu and Kashmir and Darjeeling unrest and impact of Goods and Service Tax (GST) among other issues.

Apart from this, the Centre will introduce 16 new bills in both the houses of the Parliament for consideration and passing.

Ahead of the Monsoon Session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the floor of leaders of parties of the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha at the national capital, said that for preserving the institution of Democracy in India, it is important that all political parties support the Government to conduct business in both Houses of the Parliament without disruption and constructive discussion takes place on issues of national importance.

Prime Minister Modi further urged all parties to extend their support to the Government in fighting corruption and the issue of communal violence in the name of cow protection.

The Prime Minister also called upon all the parties to support the war against corruption, which has been initiated by the government.


First published: 19 July 2017, 18:09 IST