'Padmaavat Row': Congress slams BJP, demands Khattar government resignation over school bus attack

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Congress slams BJP, demands Khattar government resignation
Congress slams BJP, demands Khattar government resignation

New Delhi : Congress chief slammed Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) on Wednesday after anti-Padmaavat protesters attacked a school bus carrying children.

"There will never be a cause big enough to justify violence against children. Violence and hatred are the weapons of the weak. The BJP’s use of hatred and violence is setting our entire country on fire," Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

The opposition also slammed BJP over its failure to maintain law and order in the state and demanded Khattar government's resignation.

"The Manohar Lal Khattar government has failed to control law and order in the state. The way stones were pelted on a schoolbus, no one is going to forgive that," Congress Spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said in a video message.

They also pelted stones at the Haryana Police personnel deployed on the Gurugram-Alwar National Highway, injuring a few policemen. A school bus carrying children and staff was also damaged in stone-pelting, though no one was said to be injured.

"Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which bans unlawful assembly, has been imposed in view of 'Padmaavat' release in various cinema halls and multiplexes on January 25 as there is likelihood of law and order problem," the official said.

As per Section 144, people are banned from carrying firearms and other articles capable of causing injury, raising slogans and exhibiting placards within a 200-metre radius of cinema and multiplexes from January 23 to January 28.