Nov 242011

Describing the attack on Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar as most unfortunate, the Congress Party on Thursday said that was more unfortunate was the fact that a nationally recognised party like the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) issuing statements through their spokesmen and leaders justifying the general public’s anger and actions on issues such as inflation and black money etc.

"Harvinder Singh Slapped Sharad Pawar"

Party spokesman Rashid Alvi said: “Whatever has happened, it is very unfortunate, that boy should have been arrested. The investigating agency should try to find out the truth. What is even more unfortunate is major political parties like the Bharatiya Janata Party making statements through its spokespersons and leaders, warning that the public is justified in coming out onto the streets, shouting slogans, attacking politicians, leaders on issues such as price rise etc. These statements, I feel, are responsible for this (incident) happening.

Meanwhile, BJP lawmaker Smriti Irani condemning the act said that the people of the country can put across their points of view through plain and simple words in a democracy.

“No act of violence should be supported in any way whatsoever. This is a democracy where people can put across their points of view through plain and simple words, seek a formative action from the government on the assurances given. And, I would feel that as a serving Member of Parliament, or as a normal citizen, I would not support any kind of violent action,” said Irani, who heads the BJP’s women’s wing

Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Gurudas Dasgupta also condemned the attack on Pawar, and termed the incident to be anti-democracy.

“We strongly condemn this incidence .To slap anyone is beyond decency and is anti democracy. This is not to be accepted and intolerable. Such things will not be allowed in a civilized society,” said Dasgupta.

The man Harvinder Singh, who attempted to assault Sharad Pawar at the NDMC auditorium in New Delhi, was later taken into custody by the security guards at the scene. The man is currently in custody of the Delhi Police, who are questioning him.

Harvinder Singh, a resident of Rohini, is the same. man who had assaulted former telecom minister Sukh Ram last Saturday. (ANI)

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