BJP diverting attention from economy, CM on anti-Muslim violence in Jodhpur

In India, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has blamed the BJP for the ongoing anti-Muslim violence in the state, including the Tuesday’s violence in Jodhpur, which marred the Eid celebrations in the city.

Curfew was declared in Jodhpur following two consecutive days of communal clashes.

“This is the agenda of the BJP because inflation, unemployment has gone so far up, they cannot control it. So they are doing this deliberately to divert attention,” Mr Gehlot said in a media interview.

The BJP, he also said, is upset about the recent by-elections in the state. The Congress, he said, has won six of the eight by-elections.

Through all this, the BJP is “bringing the state into election mode”, he added, citing the case of Madhya Pradesh, “where bulldozers are running”.

“We uphold the law. We can neither run bulldozers nor conduct fake encounters,” he added.

Violence and stone-throwing were reported from several areas of Jodhpur on Tuesday before the police used force to bring the mobs under control.

The anti-Muslim violence was reported first on Monday over flags put up for Eid and Parashuram Jayanti. Fifty-three people, mostly Muslims, have been arrested.

The last few weeks have seen such anti-Muslim violence in at least five Indian states – Delhi, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, and West Bengal.