Number of communal incidents down since NDA came to power: Kiren Rijiju

Number of communal incidents down since NDA came to power: Kiren Rijiju

By OUR CORRESPONDENT | NEW DELHI | 1 December, 2015
Kiren Rijiju

The number of communal incidents in the country has declined "substantially" ever since the NDA government came to power, the government said in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, while responding to a series of supplementaries on “communal incidents” during the Question Hour, said that between 2013 and October this year, the number of communal incidents reported has come down "substantially”.

There were heated exchanges between the Opposition and treasury benches. Rijiju said there has been some rise in incidents between 2014 and 2015, but compared to 2013, they have come down.

He said he was comparing the number of incidents since 2013 as the NDA was in power only for about seven months in 2014. He, however, said he would not like to comment on the communal incidents which took place during the UPA rule.

According to the written reply, in 2014, 644 “communal incidents” took place, including 133 in Uttar Pradesh, 72 in Rajasthan, 97 in Maharashtra, 56 in Madhya Pradesh, 73 in Karnataka, 10 in Jharkhand, 74 in Gujarat, seven in Delhi, 61 in Bihar and 16 in West Bengal. This year, between January and October, 650 incidents have taken place with a maximum of 139 taking place in Uttar Pradesh, while 97 incidents were reported from Maharashtra, 86 from Madhya Pradesh, 79 from Karnataka, 24 from Jharkhand, 47 from Gujarat, 59 from Bihar and 24 from West Bengal.

Rejecting suggestions by Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge that there have been more communal clashes in states where BJP has "more presence" such as Gujarat, Karnataka and Bihar, Rijiju said: "It is not a fair comment. What he says does not tally with the figures. It is the responsibility of state government or MPs," Rijiju said.The number of communal incidents in the country has declined "substantially" ever since the NDA government came to power, the government said in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, while responding to a series of supplementaries on “communal incidents” during the Question Hour, said that between 2013 and October this year, the number of communal incidents reported has come down "substantially”.

There were heated exchanges between the Opposition and treasury benches. Rijiju said there has been some rise in incidents between 2014 and 2015, but compared to 2013, they have come down.

He said he was comparing the number of incidents since 2013 as the NDA was in power only for about seven months in 2014. He, however, said he would not like to comment on the communal incidents which took place during the UPA rule.

According to the written reply, in 2014, 644 “communal incidents” took place, including 133 in Uttar Pradesh, 72 in Rajasthan, 97 in Maharashtra, 56 in Madhya Pradesh, 73 in Karnataka, 10 in Jharkhand, 74 in Gujarat, seven in Delhi, 61 in Bihar and 16 in West Bengal. This year, between January and October, 650 incidents have taken place with a maximum of 139 taking place in Uttar Pradesh, while 97 incidents were reported from Maharashtra, 86 from Madhya Pradesh, 79 from Karnataka, 24 from Jharkhand, 47 from Gujarat, 59 from Bihar and 24 from West Bengal.

Rejecting suggestions by Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge that there have been more communal clashes in states where BJP has "more presence" such as Gujarat, Karnataka and Bihar, Rijiju said: "It is not a fair comment. What he says does not tally with the figures. It is the responsibility of state government or MPs," Rijiju said.

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