Expressing his pain at the incidences of mob lynching in Jharkhand, PM Modi on Wednesday, said that those responsible must be punished by the law and will be done so, but one must not hold the entire state responsible for these issues, addressing the Rajya Sabha in his Motion of Thanks speech.
"Jharkhand has become a hub for mob lynching. I am saddened by the death of the youth. Those responsible should get severe punishment, but is it okay that we blame Jharkhand for this issue? If we do so, we will never find any good people in any state. Those who are bad, we should isolate them and deal with them under the law. But if we hold the entire government at stake, we cannot govern. To defame the entire Jharkhand is not anyone's right. The constitutional process and law procedure to punish such miscreants is in place for this purpose only. And we should work towards punishing all those responsible," he said.
22-year old Tabrez Ansari who was on the way home to Saraikela from Jamshedpur last Tuesday was attacked by a mob barely 5 km away from his home. As per sources, videos of him being tied to a pole and being beaten for hours for allegedly stealing a motorbike have been widely circulated. Sources also report that the mob which attacked Ansari chanting 'Jai Shri Ram' and 'Jai Hanuman' had handed him over to the police after he lost consciousness. As of Tuesday, 5 have been arrested in connection to the case and an SIT has been constituted.
Earlier in the address, he slammed the Congress for insulting the voters and doubting the EVM by blaming their loss on the malfunction of EVMs. He said BJP too had been ridiculed when they lost, but they built it back up and got the results.
"Those who lost, whose pride was hurt are not able to thank voters, but I thank every voter, voting official, Election Commission for this election. A new disease has started regarding EVM. Questions and excuses are being raised on EVM. At some time, even we (BJP) were second in the parliament, and we were mocked saying 'is being second or third enough?', but we had faith on our workers and the citizens along with the will to work hard. More than us, the next generation in our party worked hard and achieved by rebuilding the party. And this is the test of leadership," he said.
Keeping up with the times, as technology progresses, EVMs too have evolved said the Prime Minister, while adding that only those who won during paper ballots want to go back to paper ballots.
"Compared to earlier times, nowadays during elections, the headlines read how the voter turnout has increased. As technology progressed, the booth capturing reduced, and since then these Opposition started losing. Hence they want to go back to the paper ballot method," he said.
PM Modi had addressed the Lok Sabha on Tuesday where he spoke about how earlier it was difficult for the common man to avail basic facilities of public toilets and gas connections while touching on gender equality, emergency, triple talaq, economy, farmer crisis to name a few.