BJP accuses UPA government of shielding SIMI

August 21st, 2008 - 8:53 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Thursday blamed the Congress-led government for a tribunal’s earlier ruling that lifted the ban on the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) despite the evidence against it which was presented to the Supreme Court Wednesday.”This is a very serious lapse. Someone somewhere up on some consideration was trying to help SIMI. It is a question of the security and integrity of the nation, in which no compromise can be allowed,” said BJP’s national spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad.

“The BJP demands that this serious lapse be enquired into forthwith, responsibility be fixed and punishment be given forthwith,” he told reporters here.

As SIMI challenged the ban on it renewed on Feb 7, a special tribunal here Aug 5 had lifted the ban on the organisaiton.

The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government soon filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court, seeking continuance of the ban. The affidavit accused SIMI of instigating several terror attacks in India, including the serial bombings in Ahmedabad last month, while justifying a ban on the organisation.

“It is evident that apart from the recent Ahmedabad blast, the rest of the cases of terror attacks are of 2006 or 2007 and early 2008. The question arises why materials in this regard were not properly presented before the tribunal which was considering the validity of the ban under the Unlawful Act 1967? The judge has also commented that material and documents are not being furnished,” Prasad said.

Pointing out that SIMI advocates the “liberation of India” and restoring the ‘Islamic rule’ according to its declared objective, which contravenes India’s constitution, the BJP said many Congress allies have been SIMI supporters.

“Three presidents of recognised political parties allied with the Congress. Mulayam Singh Yadav (Samajwadi Party), Lalu Prasad (Rashtriya Janata Dal) and Ram Vilas Paswan (Lok Janshakti Party) have openly and publicly supported SIMI and have alleged that it is being victimised. Of these, two are senior ministers of the UPA government,” Prasad said.

“In the light of this affidavit, the BJP would like to ask as to why the prime minister (Manmohan Singh) and the Congress president (Sonia Gandhi) are maintaining a silence? It is a gross failure of the principle of collective responsibility of the cabinet,” Prasad said.

The BJP urged the Election Commission to take cognizance of the public stand taken by the three leaders and take suitable steps.

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