Mumbai, Nov. 3 (ANI): Minister of State for Environment and Forests Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday dubbed the Congress march to the Rashtrapati Bhawan to be a ‘political stunt’ and alleged that the grand old party was the ‘epitome of intolerance’.
“It is completely a political stunt that the Congress is organising a proceeding to the Rashtrapati Bhawan on the issue of intolerance. They are epitome of intolerance,” Javadekar told ANI.
“They did not stand on the dissent opinions of Jayaprakash Narayan and the movements led by the students. So, they clamped emergency and completely broke the constitutional mechanism in the country and brought dictatorship,” he added.
Javadekar further said that the Sikhs were butchered in the national capital during the Congress regime.
“No police firing occurred when 3,000 Sikhs were brutally massacred in Delhi, and Rajiv Gandhi, the then Prime Minister, justified it. Was this tolerance?” he asked.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi led a march of party leaders to the Rashtrapati Bhawan this evening to register their protest over rising intolerance and communal incidents.
They submitted a memorandum to President Pranab Mukherjee conveying grave concern at what the party called growing atmosphere of fear, intolerance and intimidation being deliberately created by sections of ruling establishment. The party also expressed gratitude to President Mukherjee for speaking out strongly against forces of intolerance. (ANI)