A discussion on communal violence has been listed in the Lok Sabha on Monday after the question hour.

The discussion on the Communal Violence Bill will start after debate on the atrocities against women and children. The debate will be initiated by Congress MPs MI Shanavas and Mohammad Asrarul Haque.

Last week, a fuming Rahul Gandhi had stormed to the Well of the Lok Sabha to demand a discussion on the surging communal incidents in the country, especially in Uttar Pradesh.

Rahul had accused the Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan of not letting him and Congress MPs speak over the issue, adding that Narendra Modi-led government had no interest in debating over important issues.

“We are not being allowed to speak in the House. We are asking for a discussion,” Rahul told reporters outside the Parliament on Wednesday last week.

“There is a mentality in the government that discussion is not acceptable. Everybody feels it. We feel it. There is a mood in Parliament that only one man's voice counts for anything in this country,” he added.

Rahul had also claimed on Saturday while talking to a leading daily that the incidents of communal violence in Uttar Pradesh were a part of premeditated strategy to segregate the poor people.

“Communal conflict is being artificially and deliberately engineered in our country, especially in Uttar Pradesh,” Rahul told a leading newspaper on Saturday.

“This is a deliberate strategy to divide the poor of this country and pit brother against brother; to prevent people from uniting to fight the true enemy — inequality, poverty and lack of opportunity,” he added.

 Lok Sabha to discuss Communal Violence Bill today
 All eyes set on Rahul Gandhi and his behavior during debate
 Debate to take place after question hour
 Rahul had previously claimed that UP communal riots were engineered
 BJP hit back at Congress, blaming it for surging communal violence in UP
 Congress, BJP had exchanged verbal volleys at each other over the issue
 UP alone has witnessed around 300 riots in last one year

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) immediately hit back at Rahul over his comment that the UP communal incidents were engineered and claimed that Congress itself was responsible for it.

Environment Minister and senior BJP leader Prakash Javadekar said on Saturday whatever is happening in Uttar Pradesh was because of Congress as it received support of the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP).
"If any party does communal politics, it is Congress. They had alliance with Muslim League. In Hyderabad, they had tie up with MIM. Even now, in both the houses of Parliament...by discussing communal situation, their motive is to increase communal tension," Javadekar said while condemning Gandhi's statement.

Both Congress and BJP have exchanged a plethora of stinging barbs at each other since Rahul’s controversial comments over the UP communal violence incidents.

And the verbal spat between the two national parties doesn’t seem like ceasing any time soon as by-polls to 12 assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh are just round the corner.

The ground reality, however, appears grim as UP alone has witnessed around 300 riots in last one year, which is the highest in any state.

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