After Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s “no incident” remark in the Alwar lynching case, the opposition parties have come together to denounce the statement made by the minister and have demanded an apology from him. In the Rajya Sabha today, Naqvi said, “Apraadhi, qaatil, gunda, badmash… Usko Hindu-Musalman ki nazar se mat dekhiye, apraadhi apraadhi hai (Criminal, murderers, goons, law-breakers… Don’t look at them as Hindus or Muslims, a criminal is a criminal).”
Defending his statement, Naqvi said that a detailed statement about the Alwar incident will be presented in the Parliament on Monday by Home Minister Rajnath Singh. He also said that the opposition is deliberately twisting the words and deriving new meanings from the statement he made. He added that such issues are of sensitive nature and the opposition needs to act with maturity.
“The discussion was on and the Opposition started mentioning other states. It is then the statement was given in context of the overall picture. It is a very sensitive issue. We don’t accept what happened in Alwar and in such sensitive matter everyone should behave in a sensitive fashion,” said Naqvi.