New Delhi, Sept 25: The Congress on Monday condemned the attack on writer and Dalit rights activist Kancha Ilaiah and demanded action against a TDP MP who had allegedly threatened him. In a statement, party leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said Kancha Ilaiah’s vehicle was pelted with shoes and stones at Ambedkar Centre in Parakal town of Warangal district on September 24.
Congress condemns attack on Ilaiah
He alleged that earlier TDP MP T.G. Venkatesh had issued a ‘fatwa’ against Ilaiah threatening to “kill” him or “hang him in the streets”. “Coming from a sitting Member of Parliament and an ally of the BJP — this kind of death threat against a fellow citizen not only deserves strongest condemtion but is a clear cut crimil offence under Section 307 of IPC,” Surjewala said.
“Can a parliament member, who issues a fatwa against a citizen — that too a globally known writer and thinker — continue in the responsible position of an MP? It’s a question that the ruling BJP and TDP must answer,” Surjewala added.
The Congress leader said that issuing a “Talibani Fatwa” by members of ruling dispensation with “overt and covert support of the establishment is a dangerous trend in our polity”. He alleged that an “unprecedented atmosphere of hate and intolerance” is being created to stifle the voice of those holding divergent views. “The Indian tiol Congress demands that the TRS Government in Telanga should register an FIR against the TDP MP and order an inquiry into the attack and intimidation of Kancha Ilaiah.” He said strangulating the voices of free thinkers and ratiolists has become a “new normal in Modi’s New India”.
Referring to the killings of jourlist Gauri Lankesh, scholar M.M. Kalburgi and ratiolists rendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare, Surjewala said a definite pattern has emerged “whereby lumpen elements having proximity to the government, take law in their own hands and physically assault those who do not agree with a certain ideology”. “This disturbing trend cannot be and should not be tolerated. ‘If you do not agree with us, we shall kill you’ is the new slogan of New India. Muzzling the voice of ordiry citizens and the lynch mob mentality has become a regular habit of this Achhe Din government,” he alleged. (IANS)