New Delhi: The Opposition on Friday used the discussion on the Constitution to push the government to the back foot over ‘intolerance’ and ‘fear psychosis’ in the country.
While the Congress accused the government of sneaking in the word ‘secularism’ into the debate as it had difficulty accepting the concept, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav spoke of a fear psychosis among minorities.
Referring to Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s speech that the word “secular” was not originally in the Preamble, Congress chief whip in Lok Sabha Jyotiraditya Scindia said: “This government has difficulty with the word secularism and that’s why it was highlighted in the debate”. He spoke of instances of government “insensitivity” and criticised it for its silence on protests by intellectuals, saying it had done nothing to allay people’s fears.
AIADMK’s K Gopal said urgent solutions are needed on intolerance and communal violence. If the centre supports federalism, it should list Tamil and other languages in Constitution’s Schedule VIII as “Indian national official languages”, he said.
Speaking of the fear psychosis among minorities, Mulayam said, “We must work together to end this atmosphere of insecurity.”
He also cautioned against amendments to the Constitution, saying, “Our Constitution was amended the highest number of times, mostly for narrow gains.”
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