Launching a scathing
attack on the Narendra Modi-led BJP government at the centre, state unit chief
of Samajwadi Party, Abu Azmi, on Monday, said the saffron government was
discriminating against Muslims in the country by announcing compensation only
to kin of Sikhs who had been killed in New Delhi in 1984 in the wake of then
prime minister Indira Gandhi's murder. Azmi demanded that additional
compensation be paid to the victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots also.
The central government had last October announced
compensation of Rs5 lakh each to the kin of 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims, and
has written to all states to disburse the fund as early as possible. This
compensation is in addition to what the victims have so far received from the
government and other agencies.
Azmi, who is a
legislator from Govandi-Mankhurd constituency, said: "If Modi thinks that
victims of 1984 riots need to be compensated additionally, then victims of 2002
Gujarat riots and 1992-93 Mumbai riots also deserve similar treatment."
Azmi said he would write
to the prime minister seeking similar relief for victims of these two riots. He
is set to mobilise the community to press his demand by organising a
public meeting in Nagpada which has considerable Muslim population.
"Most of the
victims in these two riots were Muslims and therefore they are being
deliberately ignored by the BJP government. By such grave discrimination, Modi
is polarising the country on religious grounds," said Azmi, who added that
the kin of many of the victims of both these riots were yet to be compensated
due to red-tape. He did not however provide any details.
Raising doubts about the
intentions of the Modi government, Azmi said: "Modi is playing politics of
compensation. Delhi elections are here and by paying additional compensation,
he is seeking to secure Sikh votes."
Azmi blamed the prime minister for insulting the community. "Modi has
always rated Muslims as second grade citizens. He never wears a skull-cap."
1984 anti-Sikh riots: 3,325 deaths; 2,733 were killed in Delhi alone; rest of
the victims were from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, etc.
1992-93 Mumbai riots: 900 deaths.
2002 Gujarat riots: 1,169 deaths and 2,548 injured.
He also accused the
state government of similar biases against the minority community. "Modi's
discrimination policy is being followed diligently by the Fadnavis government
which decided against granting reservation to Muslims in educational institutions
even after the Bombay high court had okayed it."