The Bharatiya Janata Party’s use of hatred and violence is setting the country on fire, and children became the latest target of these tools on January 24, as vandals attacked a school bus in Gurugram, Haryana, with stones and sticks. Elsewhere, a Haryana roadways bus was torched, and the lives of the innocent were endangered. This shameful attack is unacceptable and unforgiveable, and as Congress President Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “There will never be a cause big enough to justify violence against children.” This is yet another instance which highlights the failure of administration in Haryana.
Why were these elements allowed to get out of control? Why was the government caught napping? Despite prohibitory orders being in place, why were hundreds of protesters allowed to congregate? These are serious questions which deserve answers.
The question is whether the situation was allowed to deliberately get out of control. Over the last four years under the BJP rule, we have seen various issues being flared from time to time to deflect attention from the core problems that the country faces – the question of job creation, record petrol and diesel prices, the devastating impact of Demonetisation and GST on the economy, burgeoning NPAs, the return of black money.
Before coming to power in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised the moon to the people. Four years have since elapsed, and yet, we are yet to see any progress on the several promises. Is this the reason the BJP is trying to distract the people with a game of smoke and mirrors by letting issues like these flare up?