New Delhi, Jun 4 : The Congress on Wednesday said the BJP must tender an unqualified and unconditional public apology for giving communal colour to the most unfortunate incident of the killing of a pregnant elephant in Kerala. “The tragic and inhumane death of the pregnant elephant caused by biting a pineapple stuffed with explosives/fire crackers in Palakkad district in Kerala is an unfortunate and most cruel incident. It invited condemnation and criticism across the world”, said AICC organisational general secretary KC Venugopal in a statement and added “any kind of mindless and unreasonable violence against wild life is totally unacceptable and unjustifiable”.
Mr Venugopal, however, said, senior BJP leaders like Maneka Gandhi and Cabinet Ministers like Prakash Javadekar were deliberately spreading false information on this unfortunate tragedy. “Although the incident took place in Palakkad district, the Ministers and right-wing trolls are relating the incident to the neighbouring Malappuram district. They are deliberately spreading communally motivated false information on the district. Furthermore, without any connection whatsoever, they even dragged the name of Rahul Gandhi in this diabolic incident”, he charged.
The Congress general secretary said that this propaganda has proven once again that the BJP will stoop to any level to twist the facts for their narrow divisive political purposes. “They are shedding crocodile tears over the incident and this divisive propaganda has exposed BJP’s hypocrisy totally”, Venugopal stated. Earlier, Mr Javadekar had said that the Union government has taken a very serious note of the killing of an elephant in ‘Malappuram’, Kerala.
“We will not leave any stone unturned to investigate properly and nab the culprit(s). This is not an Indian culture to feed fire crackers and kill”, he had tweeted. However, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the people of Kerala are saddened by the fact some have used this tragedy to unleash a hate campaign. “Lies built upon inaccurate descriptions and half truths were employed to obliterate the truth. Some even tried to import bigotry into the narrative. Wrong priorities”, he tweeted. (UNI)