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Will the Prime Minister address the issue of communal riots from the ramparts of Lal Qilla?
In April 2014, BSP Supremo Mayawati had predicted that if BJP comes to power "the whole nation will witness riots". Addressing an election rally in Lakhimpur Kheri, Ms. Mayawati cautioned the people against voting BJP.

In her 45-minute speech at the local government college sports ground, the BSP supremo had given a clarion call to the Muslim community "not to get divided". "To prevent BJP from reaching the Centre, the Muslim community must ensure that their unified support is for BSP and any division among them would only benefit the BJP," Mayawati had said.

Ms. Mayawati had blamed the Congress in particular and other parties including BJP in general for the neglect of UP, the minorities, OBC and the Dalit community. "Even BJP during its six years' regime did nothing to improve the fate of the country, as well as that of the poor and the weaker sections."

Her party was wiped out and the Congress did put the worse performance in its entire history. However, the times bear witness that her words are turning prophetic and country is facing the onslaught of communal riots at regular interval and also, there is a rhythm and orchestration unmatched in past.

Why there have been so many riots in the past 2-3 months? Who is behind these incidents?" Is it not a coincidence that riots are taking place only in poll-bound states? More than 600 riots have taken place in the last three months and the Centre is always blaming the state governments. Why there were more incidents of communal violence in states where the BJP-led coalition was strong?

Why the debate on communal violence was staved off by the ruling NDA? Why Narendra Modi is so reticent these days? Will he speak from the ramparts of Red Fort about it? Rising prices and communal riots are the frontiers where Narendra Modi government has already shown its incompetence.

In the shadow of vote bank politics NDA can't hide the issues under the carpet. If a party is defeated in an election, it doesn't mean that the victor could smother the voice of genuine dissent raised by the Congress or any entity. We still live in democracy.

After Rahul Gandhi joined protests at the Well of the house last week, it is now the turn of usually sober and dignified Sonia Ji who was compelled to take up the cudgels for victims. While addressing members of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee in Thiruvananthapuram, in her first salvo, she said that there had been 600 incidents of communal violence in 11 weeks of his rule adding that during the Congress-led UPA regime, there were hardly any such incidents. "I wonder why after the BJP came to power all these communal incidents have happened," ANI quoted the Congress president as saying. "It seems some of these incidents are deliberately orchestrated. The party in power is in a hurry to divide people. The Congress will not allow dilution of secular and pluralistic tradition of the country."

Earlier in parliament last week, parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu had denied that there was any religious tension in the country and accused the Opposition of creating unnecessary hurdles in the House.

Naidu was responding to the opposition's demand for a parliamentary debate on the rising number of communal clashes in the country. Modi had in his speech at the BJP's national council meet on August 9 had blamed "vote-bank politics" of Congress and ruling Samajawadi Party in UP for riots in the state.

He had said: "BJP never accepts such incidents (of violence). Peace, unity, harmony and brotherhood are the pre-requisites of progress and there will be no compromise on this. Some people who have suffered a massive defeat are still not able to desist from engaging in old vote-bank politics."

Blame game won't take the country on the road to recovery. NDA has to deliver results and as soon as possible. Time and tide wait for none.

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