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Congress, AAP criticise PM’s statement on Dadri lynching


New Delhi: The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks on the Dadri lynching, terming it “inhuman” and “a pseudo statement” while accusing him of trying to wash his hands of the incident.

“I believe it is not appropriate to wash your hands of by saying the new government has no role to play,” Congress leader Sachin Pilot said.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the prime minister’s statement dismissing the Dadri incident as “sad” was “inhuman” and “extremely unfortunate”.

Accusing the opposition of indulging in pseudo secularism and politics of polarisation, Modi described the Dadri lynching and the cancellation of Pakistani ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali’s concert in Mumbai as “unfortunate”, but he said his government had nothing to do with them.

On the midnight of September 28, Mohammad Akhlaq, 50, a resident of a village in Uttar Pradesh, was dragged from his house and lynched following a rumour that he allegedly killed a cow and consumed beef.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashutosh termed the prime minister’s remarks over the incident as a pseudo statement.

“Mr (sic) PM if your statements don’t follow actions people won’t believe your articulation. It will be considered pseudo statement,” he tweeted.

“It is unbecoming of a PM to keep mum on issues of secularism/brotherhood/freedom of expression/liberty then make half-hearted statement,” it added.

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