The Congress on Tuesday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on a string of racist attacks on Indians abroad even as Rahul Gandhi attacks Narendra Modi saying that the Prime Minister is keeping mom because he is scared. “Indians are being killed in America, but our Prime Minister does not speak a word about it. He is scared,” Gandhi said.
Addressing a rally at Ram Lila Maidan in the national capital, the Congress Vice President said, “Modi has a 56-inch chest, right? When our youths killed in the US, bullets are being fired at them, why is Narendra Modi quiet? Why has he not spoken a single word? “Modi hugs Obama. But when our people are getting killed, the Prime Minister does not utter a single word as he is scared.”
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “People of Indian origin and Indian citizens are being killed, threatened and told to go back from different countries but the government of the day is silent.” He said four different incidents have happened in the last 15 days in America, with one Indian shot dead. Training his guns on Modi, the Congress leader wondered why he was silent on NRIs even when he has been “using” them for votes.
“Modi Ji, it is time for you to come out of election mode and start the process of governance since 34 months have already passed. It is your solemn duty; it is your cardinal duty, it is your first obligation to protect the honor, the safety and the persons of Indian origin as also Indian citizens across the world,” he said.
Surjewala said these are not isolated incidents and reminded that it started in Australia and then in New Zealand where an Indian origin person was asked to leave the country. “Modi Ji, who never tires of using NRIs for vote getting exercises and for reflecting his connects to the non-resident Indians and people of Indian origin, is entirely mom on the issue,” he said.
In the latest attack, Deep Rai, a US Sikh national of Indian origin and was shot outside his home in Kent, Washington, on Friday by a masked gunman who shouted: “go back to your country.” Techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Gujarati businessman Harnish Patel were killed in attacks in the US last week.