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New Delhi : PM Narendra Modi on August 27, 2017, slammed the violence by followers of self-styled godman and Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on August 25 after his conviction in a rape case by a special CBI court at Panchkula, Haryana, saying violence in the name of faith would not be tolerated.

PM Modi, in his monthly radio programme `Mann Ki Baat’, said, ” No one has the right to take the law into one’s own hands in the name of one’s beliefs. In the Constitution given to us by Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar there is every provision for ensuring justice for each and every person. I want to assure my countrymen that people who take the law into their own handsand are on the path of violent suppression – whether it is a person or a group –neither this country nor any government will tolerate it. Each and every person will have to abide by the law, the law will fix accountability and the guilty will unquestionably be punished.”

The PM said that while on the one hand, a sense of festivity pervades the land, on the other, news of violence comes in, from one part of the country, it is only natural of be concerned. Ours is the country of Buddha and Gandhi, it is the land of Sardar Patel who gave up his all for the unity of the nation, he said. For centuries, our forefathers have imbibed community values, nonviolence, mutual respect – these are inherent to us.

“In my address from the ramparts of the Red Fort, I had said that violence in the name of faith will not be tolerated, whether it is communal belief systems, whether it is subscribing to political ideologies, whether it is allegiance to a person or customs and traditions,” PM Modi said.

Referring to the Pradhan Mantri Jan DhanYojna, the PM said  almost Rs 65,000  have deposited in banks by the underprivileged people. ” On August 28, 2014, we had launched this campaign with a dream in our hearts. Tomorrow on August 28, the Pradhan Mantri Jan DhanYojna will complete three years. Thirty crore new families have been linked to this scheme, bank accounts have been opened. This number is larger than the population of many countries of the world. And today I feel a great sense of fulfilment, that within three years, the last man on the fringes of society has become a part of the mainstream economy of the country,” the PM said.

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