The unconscionable lynching to death of Mohammed Akhlaq in Dadri over rumours of alleged beef consumption is likely to haunt the BJP and the Modi government for a long time.
Take strict action against those disturbing communal harmony: Centre tells states after Dadri incident
Concerned over communal incidents in Dadri and other places, the Centre today asked all states to take strictest action against those who attempt to weaken the secular fabric by exploiting religious emotions.
In the past, Ansari's patriotism has been questioned — wrongly, of course — for "not saluting the Tricolor." His credentials have been doubted for "not attending" Yoga Day celebrations — wrongly again — when he was not even invited to the event due to government protocol.
Heated exchanges were witnessed in Lok Sabha on Tuesday between Opposition and Treasury benches over the "rising number" of communal incidents, as Congress and TMC members accused the BJP of creating an atmosphere of "religious intolerance" despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi's assurance to minorities.
The BJP Monday warned Sadhvi Prachi, one of its leaders in Uttar Pradesh, after she made a comment derisive of Muslims and asked her to show restraint.
A clash between two groups over a minor incident resulted in tense scenes in the Lalbaug area of central Mumbai.
As usual, a lot will be read into the by-poll results where the BJP will be seen as having lost a lot of ground since the spectacular Lok Sabha victory in May. While the party would be foolish to dismiss the results as just one of those things, jumping to the opposite conclusion is equally hazardous.
The by-poll assembly results in Uttar Pradesh have given the Samajwadi Party ample reason to celebrate at the expense of the BJP. The SP won nine of the 11 seats that went to polls, with the BJP only managing to hold on to two.
Dismissing as mere "sloganeering" the statements made by BJP leaders on love jihad and forced conversions, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said such remarks are an acknowledgement that BJP's governance agenda was "failing".
Trashing Rahul Gandhi's criticism that only one voice counts in the country, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is "neither dictatorial, nor communal".
Maharashtra government was concerned over the incident at New Maharashtra Sadan in Delhi where a Shiv Sena MP was caught on video purportedly forcing a fasting Muslim employee to eat a chapati but did not want it to acquire a communal colour in "an election year", a senior minister said.
"There is a difference between 'communal' and 'sectarian'. There is also a diffrence between 'communal' and 'communalism'," Ilmi said, addressing a press conference here.
Ilmi found herself at the centre of a controversy yesterday over her remarks that Muslims should become "communal" for their own good when they vote this time and not be "too secular".
Shazia Ilmi meant to say something and said pretty much the opposite. She does not understand in a heated election cycle a savvy politician should never ever play sarcastic semantic games with words like “communal” and “secular”.
"Muslims are not communal. They have become too secular. This time be they should be communal. They should think for themselves. Muslims have become political slaves of the Congress, BJP and SP," she was heard as saying.
"BJP seeks to destroy unity and harmony in the country by creating a communal divide. It believes in violence," Gandhi said addressing election rallies at Baripada and Balasore in Odisha.
At an election meeting here, Singh also took jibes at the Left saying that its stock was bound to dwindle further in the future unless they changed in tune with the times
"Shah's rank communal remark shows that BJP does not understand the idea of India and its agenda is to divide communities and get votes. That it the only agenda of this communal party of India," party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said.
Abdullah said BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was supported by the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), which has a communal agenda.
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi made it clear that the BJP should not shy away from facing the truth about Modi.