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Lynching issue echoes in Rajya Sabha

Lynching issue echoes in Rajya Sabha
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Actors and Trinamool Congress (TMC) MPs Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan (right) at Parliament during the Budget Session, in New Delhi on Tuesday
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New Delhi : The issue of lynching figured prominently in the Rajya Sabha Tuesday with NCP member Majeed Memon attacking the government for increase in such incidents.

He sought to know how the Muslim youth could be living in constant fear trust and whether the 21 crore Muslims were getting the right to life under the constitution.

Participating in a debate on Motion of thanks to the President's address Memon (NCP) pointed out to the lynching of a Muslim youth.

He said the Prime Minister had bowed down to the Constitution of India before addressing the Parliamentarians and emphatically stressed the need to win the trust of minorities.

"With all humility and respect I am asking from the Prime Minister" how can the government win the trust of Muslim youth when Tabrez was mercilessly beaten and forced to say 'Jai Shri Ram' and 'Jai Hanuman.

He said it was a shame that the youth died despite the Consitution promising that every citizen of India is entitled to right to life which has been reinforced by the Supreme Court.

"Are the 21 crore of Muslims enjoying the right to life happily, fearlessly and with dignity", he questioned and said the country has witnessed in five years what it never witnessed including some Supreme Court judges saying that there is a threat to Constituion. "Mob lynching case is the worst kind of crime in a civil society ", he said.

The All India Trinamool Congress member Derek O'Brien attacked the social media firms, alleging they favoured the Bharatiya Janta Party led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) during the election campaign for the recent Lok Sabha polls.

Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, he also blamed the social media platform for providing a major share of advertisement for BJP.

In Kolkata, marking the 44th anniversary of the Emergency, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called the previous tenure of the Narendra Modi government as "Super Emergency".

The situation in West Bengal is akin to a "state of emergency" under Mamata Banerjee's rule, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said , asserting that the BJP believes in democracy and is committed to protect it.

BJP Working President J.P. Nadda took to Twitter, saying that "democracy was murdered by the Congress party on this day merely to remain in power".

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis said those who were imprisoned during the Emergency will be provided pension and a citation.

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