New Delhi: Leaders of 13 opposition political parties on Saturday expressed deep concern over the recent incidents of hate speech and communal violence in the country and urged people to maintain peace and harmony. In a joint statement, leaders including Congress President Sonia Gandhi, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand counterparts MK Stalin and Hemant Soren also raised concerns over the food-related issues. Dress, faith, festivals and language are “being used” by the ruling establishment to polarize society.

“We are shocked at the silence of the Prime Minister, who has failed to speak out against the words and actions of those who propagate bigotry and who incite and incite our society with their words and actions. This silence is a clear testimony to the fact that such private armed mobs enjoy the luxury of official patronage,” they said in the joint statement. Reiterating their collective resolve to work together to strengthen the bonds of social harmony that have “defined and prospered India for centuries”, the opposition leaders said, “We need to fight and confront those poisonous ideologies”. We reiterate our commitment to those who are trying to divide our society. ,

He said, “We appeal to all sections of the people to maintain peace and defeat the sinister purpose of those who wish to intensify communal polarisation. We call upon all our party units across the country to work independently and jointly to maintain peace and harmony.” in joint appeal. Incidents of communal violence were reported from some parts of the country on the occasion of Ram Navami on 10 April.