Congress seeks ban on VHP, Bajrang Dal

September 3rd, 2008 - 8:53 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 3 (IANS) The Congress Wednesday sought a ban on the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Bajrang Dal, saying they were involved in “activities detrimental to the unity and integrity of the country”. “These organisations should be banned,” Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari told reporters here.

On the demand by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for a “white paper” on the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), Tiwari said: “The central government should bring a white paper on all the organisations, including the Bajrang Dal and VHP, that are indulged in anti-national activities.”

Slamming the BJP-Biju Janata Dal ruling combine in Orissa, where communal violence has claimed several lives, Tiwari accused Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik of being ineffective and of “succumbing to the pressure of BJP to become a party to political polarisation”.

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