Chouhan accuses centre of discrimination

September 21st, 2008 - 9:15 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhopal, Sep 21 (IANS) Charging the central government with political discrimination in dealing with BJP-ruled states, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan Sunday asked the UPA government as to why it was silent on massacres and violence in non-BJP ruled states.Reacting to media reports about central government’s advisory to the state in wake of the vandalising of a church at Jabalpur, Chouhan in a statement said that though no advisory has been received so far, media reports suggested that the UPA government was deliberately targeting BJP-ruled states with malicious intentions.

Wondering as to why the central government had kept mum on massacres in Singur and Nandigram, attacks on Hindi-speaking people in Assam and assaults on north Indians in Mumbai, Chouhan said: “Neither did the Centre issue a warning to the state governments in Maharashtra and Delhi in the wake of serial bomb blasts in the two states”.

But, the chief minister added, the UPA government chose to issue notice to the Madhya Pradesh government following a petty incident that does not denote failure of law and order in the state.

The central government’s alacrity only reflects its frustration over failure to maintain law and order in the country, he said adding that the advisory, reports of which are appearing in the media, is politically motivated.

“The Union government should desist from playing such politics which, I feel, is a mere attempt to divert attention from the growing incidents of terrorism in the country,” he claimed.

Instead of sending an advisory, Chouhan said, the central government should have given nod for the state governnment’s act against organised crimes, which is awaiting home ministry approval for more than two years.

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