Union Agriculture Minister and NCP President Sharad Pawar slammed the Narendra Modi government in Gujarat for the killing of Md. Sohrabuddin, his wife Kausar Bi and a student Ishrat Jahan and said that these fake encounter cases proved the ‘communal’ BJP’s political agenda.
The Gujarat government had the temerity to take law in its own hand by getting Sohrabuddin and others killed in orchestrated encounters even though it could have arrested them and tried them for their crimes in the court of law he said.
The killings showed the communal face of the saffron party and its selective targetting of the minority community, he said while addressing the state-level convention of NCP workers here.
Pawar also regretted that the communal forces have entrenched themselves in power in a state like Gujarat and selectively targetted the Muslims in a land which had produced an iconic personality like Mahatma Gandhi.
The Union Agriculture Minister questioned the secular credentials of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar saying that the latter followed political double standards by partnering the BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi to rule the state, while distancing himself from the other Modi (Gujarat Chief Minister).
The veteran NCP leader also had a dig at the Bihar Chief Minister for cancelling a dinner at the last minute for the BJP leaders two months ago after publication of an advertisement with the Gujarat Chief Minister ahead of the national executive of his coalition partner in June this year.
The Chief Minister, however, can not fool the people of Bihar and seek their support for another term in office by roping in the minority votes and at the same time sticking with the communal forces, the NCP President said.
He also castigated the NDA government for failure on all fronts during its five years’ rule in the state and said that it failed to set up industries during its entire term despite making tall promises on the development front.
Stating that the NCP under its MP Tariq Anwar could be the right alternative for the people in the forthcoming assembly polls in Bihar, he said that the NCP has consistently pursued a development agenda with the interests of the farmers, backward and downtrodden sections in mind.