Union Food minister Ramvilas Paswan has blamed the BJP-run state government of Haryana when asked to react on the horrific incident in Sonped village where two toddlers were burnt alive in their sleep. Ramvilas Paswan, whose Lok Janshakti Party is an ally in BJP-led NDA at both Centre and in Bihar said the law and order is responsibility of the state government.
“It is totally the responsibility of the state government. It is a law and order issue…. Though there is a constitutional protection for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes but law and order is definitely the responsibility of the state government,” said Ramvilas Paswan.
Incidentally, this is the first time that a BJP ally has blamed the state government run by the BJP over law and order issue. Earlier the BJP leaders and its allies were quick to criticise the state governments of UP and Karnataka over Dadri incident and the killing of MM Kalburgi, respectively. Both the state are ruled by non-BJP parties.
Earlier in the day, Congress party vice president Rahul Gandhi launched a scathing criticism blaming even Prime Minister Modi for the incident besides CM Khattar and the ruling BJP.
Apart from the principal opposition party, host of other opposition parties strongly took on Manohar Lal Khattar government over the gruesome incident.
“Shocked at this gruesome incident…. Where are those now who claimed ‘Hamari sarkaar bana do, sab kuchh theek ho jayega,” said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. His remarks were later shared on the micro-blogging site Twitter through his official handle @NitishKumar.
“The entire nation is saddened by this incident. This shows total failure of the administration, where was the police that night? Jitender (children’s father) told me that the police personnel had gone to watch jagran when the incident took place. How did it take place exactly at the time when no policeman was there, there is a possibility of a conspiracy,” senior CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat told the news agency after meeting the victim family in Sonped village in Faridabad.
Former CM of Uttar Pradesh and BSP supremo Mayawati also lashed out at the Haryana government terming the incident as most unfortunate. Ms Mayawati even threatened to take to the streets over delay in arrest of the culprits.
“The manner in which four members of a Dalit family were set ablaze in Faridabad leading to the death of two children is most unfortunate and condemnable…if the victims are not provided proper security and compensation by the Haryana government and prompt action is not taken against the culprits BSP will take to the streets there,” BSP chief was quoted as saying in a party release at Lucknow.
Meanwhile, there are reports that Chief Minister ML Khattar has cancelled his visit to the victim’s family though no official announcement is made as yet.
(With inputs from the PTI)