Rajiv Gandhi ‘father of mob lynching’: BJP hits back after Rahul says word unheard of before 2014

The Bhartiya Janata Party on Tuesday asserted that Congress has no moral right to talk about mob lynching as the biggest incident of lynching in the history of independent India occurred during Rajiv Gandhi’s era when thousands of Sikhs were killed.

The saffron party’s reaction comes hours after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted: “Before 2014, the word ‘lynching’ was practically unheard of. #ThankYouModiJi.”

The Wayanad MP was tweeting in the context of vigilante killings this week over alleged instances of religious sacrilege in Congress-ruled Punjab, where assembly polls are scheduled early next year.

After Punjab Congress leader Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi joined BJP in Delhi, Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat told reporters, “I feel Congress has no right to raise questions over lynching. The biggest such incident in the history of independent India under any government occurred during the era of Rajiv Gandhi.”

BJP IT cell in-charge Amit Malviya also wrote on Twitter, “Meet Rajiv Gandhi, father of mob lynching, justifying blood curdling genocide of Sikhs.”

Posting about riots that took place between 1969 and 1993, under Congress rule, he quoted, “Ahmedabad (1969), Jalgaon (1970), Moradabad (1980), Nellie (1983), Bhiwandi (1984), Delhi (1984), Ahmedabad (1985), Bhagalpur (1989), Hyderabad (1990), Kanpur (1992), Mumbai (1993) …”

“This is just a small list in which more than 100 died under Nehru-Gandhi parivar’s watch,” Malviya added.100

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