India not the land of Gandhi, but land of 'Modi': Congress
New Delhi: Coming down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not taking responsibility for the growing intolerance in India during his joint statement in UK, the Congress on Friday said that the entire world was pointing figures on the 'land known for harmony and tolerance' because of his actions.
"The global view right now is that India, which was known for its tolerance, is being perceived for being intolerant, and the BJP and the VHP are causing that right now. The proof that this issue is escalating is that intolerance was the first question posed at Prime Minister Modi in UK," Congress leader Rashid Alvi told.
Slamming the Prime Minister for invoking Mahatma Gandhi, Alvi asserted that this was no more the land of Gandhi, but the land of 'Narendra Modi' as he as his supporters were spreading intolerance across the nation without facing any consequences.
"He is saying in London that the law is being upheld in India when it comes to dealing with those spreading intolerance, but action has not been taken on a single person responsible. The Prime Minister creates a storm over issues in India, that whenever he goes abroad, the world ends up pointing their fingers at us," Alvi added.
Addressing the issue of 'intolerance' in India in his joint statement in U.K, Prime Minister Modi had said that India was the land of Gandhi and Buddha, and intolerance would not be tolerated at any cost.
"Any event in any corner of India - it doesn't matter if there are even one or two incidents - we will not tolerate it and the law will deal with it strictly. It does not matter whether such an incident is significant for a country of 125 crore people. For us, every incident is serious. We will not accept anything that goes against our social values," Prime Minister Modi had said in his statement.
Prime Minister Modi arrived in the United Kingdom yesterday for a three day visit and was welcomed with a Guard of Honour by his British counterpart David Cameron at the Treasury Quadrangle after which they proceeded to the latter's official residence, 10 Downing Street, for bilateral talks.