In context of the Palghar mob lynching case in Maharashtra, Congress has levelled serious allegations against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by releasing photographs of two of the accused in the saffron party's local function. Congress Chief Spokesperson Sachin Sawant released these photographs on Thursday via WhatsApp and also addressed a video press conference where he said that out of 105 accused arrested in the case, two are directly linked to the BJP's local unit.
According to Sawant, accused number 61 is 25-year-old Ishwar Bandhu Nikole and he is a member of BJP's booth committee for Gadchinchale village. Another accused (no. 65), Bhau Sathe, is also a member of the BJP's village booth committee. Sawant also released the booth committee list of the BJP to support his allegations. He said that the released photographs are from a programme related to erstwhile BJP state government's work. So, the banner with photos of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, then BJP National President and now Home Minister Amit Shah, former CM Devendra Fadnavis and then BJP Maharashtra Chief Raosaheb Danave can also be seen in these purported photos.
"BJP was trying to look for a communal angle in this incident. But it has failed. Now these documents clearly show that the two of the accused are BJP’s own members. We demand their expulsion from the party if BJP is really serious about the lynching of the saints," said Sawant.
Maharashtra Congress also demanded an immediate ordinance to curb the mob lynching issue. "The Supreme Court had given guidelines to make a law against mob lynching. Two years have passed since this order. Why has the BJP not made a law? Their fight against mob lynching is fake. They must not try to gain political benefit out of it," said Sawant.