New Delhi: Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy on Tuesday said that the ministry has no information on any group called the ‘Tukde Tukde Gang’. His reply directly contradicts the remarks made by BJP’s Amit Shah and Modi making references to ‘tukde tukde gang’ during Delhi election campaigns.
Answering to a question in Lok Sabha, Reddy said the ministry has no information on whether the terminology ‘Tukde Tukde Gang’ is based on specific inputs provided by law enforcement agencies. “No such information has been brought to the notice of the government by any law enforcement agency,” he said.
BJP’s ‘tukde tukde’ strategy
With an evident attempt to play divisive politics, Home Minister Amit Shah had during multiple public addresses for the Delhi assembly polls claimed that the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests at Shaheen Bagh was a mutual conspiracy hatched by AAP, Congress and the ‘tukde-tukde gang’.
“Shaheen Bagh is the joint venture of the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress. Kejriwal and Rahul Gandhi are worried that Shaheen Bagh should not be discussed,” Shah had said at a road show in Hari Nagar. “I want to ask them why the security of the country should not be an electoral issue? Why are the people sitting in Shaheen Bagh demanding ‘Jinnah Wali Azadi’ and why the tukde-tukde gang supporting them.”
“Shame on these people. I want to tell all of you that the tukde-tukde gang is going to get a shock, because you are going to press the button on the lotus symbol on February 8 for the development of Delhi and the country”, said Shah at a roadshow in Seemapuri.
Even the prime minister of the country Narendra Modi didn’t hesitate to use the phrase in his rally speeches. During the second rally in the capital after launching the party’s campaign in December, Modi said, “There was a time when Delhi used to witness frequent bomb blasts. These are the same people who declared Batla House encounter fake. They are the same people who are till date, saving the tukde-tukde people.”
He added, “Whether it is Seelampur, Jamia or Shaheen Bagh, protests held over the past several days regarding the Citizenship Amendment Bill is not a coincidence. It’s a conspiracy, a political design aimed at destroying harmony in the country.”