New Delhi, Oct.19 (ANI): The Congress Party on Monday launched a tirade against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying that uncivilised voices and forces of intolerance have escalated in the country ever since the change of government has taken place at the Centre as well at the states.
“Ever since there was a change in government both at the centre and in the state, we have seen the rise in intolerant forces and the voices which are less than civilised who are creating social tension and conflict,” Congress leader Anand Sharma told the press conference here.
“It becomes the responsibility of the government to ensure that India’s image is not further mauled. Already the country is getting a bad name for what has happened in various states. This is yet another. Though right to protest remains, the protest has to be civilised. You cannot accept the situation where a protest crosses the ‘Lakshman rekha’,” he added.
Following Shiv Sena’s protest at the BCCI Headquarters, the discussion over reviving cricket ties between the two nations has been cancelled.
The Shiv Sainiks had earlier stormed into the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) office to protest against the meeting with the Pakistan Cricket board to discuss the India-Pakistan bilateral series slated for December.
The BJP ally had earlier attacked Sudheendra Kulkarni, who heads the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) Mumbai division, ahead of a book launch of former Pakistan foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri.
Earlier this month, Pakistani Ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali concert was also cancelled in Mumbai and Pune after Shiv Sena threatened to disrupt it. Following threats from Sena, the organisers had cancelled the concert.
Nearly 30 writers have returned their Sahitya Akademi awards so far, while over a dozen have returned other awards they received from the Akademi, in protest against “rising intolerance” in the country. (ANI)