New Delhi, Jun 26: Taking a hard stand on deaths of children in Bihar, PM Narendra Modi termed it a "shame" and "biggest failure" in modern days. He was replying to the debate in Rajya Sabha on Motion of Thanks to the President's address.
Speaking on the deaths of over 130 children this month from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) or 'brain fever' in Bihar saying it was a matter of "shame" and the "biggest failure" of seven decades that outbreak of such disease continues to kill even after so many years of independence.
On the death of children in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar where BJP and its ally JDU are in power, he said the Centre is extending all help to the state to fight the problem. "In modern times, such a situation is a matter of pain as well as shame for all of us," he said. "This is the biggest failure in last seven decades and we should take it seriously," he added.
Modi also broke his silence on lynching of a Muslim youth in Jharkhand, saying it has pained him and the guilty must be severely punished, but stressed that all incidents of violencein the country, whether in Jharkhand, West Bengal or Kerala, should be treated the same and law should take its course.
Modi, who received flak from the opposition over his 'silence' on the lynching incident in BJP-ruled Jharkhand,said "security of every citizen is our constitutional duty".
"The lynching in Jharkhand has pained me. It has saddened others too. Guilty should get severest punishment but for this the entire state has been pronounced guilty and everyone put in dock, which is not right," he said.
A Muslim youth, accused of stealing a motorcycle, was beaten up by a mob and a video showed that he was purportedlymade to chant 'Jai Shri Ram' and 'Jai Hanuman' in the Saraikela Kharsawan district of Jharkhand. He later died.
The Prime Minister said some people in Rajya Sabha are calling Jharkhand a hub of lynching. "Is this fair? Why arethey insulting a state." "None of us have the right to insult the state of Jharkhand," he said and referred to violence in states ruled by opposition parties.
"All kinds of violence whether in Jharkhand or West Bengal or Kerala should be treated as same and law should takeits course," he said.
The BJP has been alleging that its workers are being targeted in political violence in TMC-ruled West Bengal and inKerala, where the Left Democratic Front is in power.