BJP should introspect on supporting terror accused: Rahul

November 18th, 2008 - 7:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyAmritsar, Nov 18 (IANS) Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi Tuesday asked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to do some introspection on supporting people accused of masterminding a terrorist attack.”It is very sad that such things are happening. But the people involved in all this (Malegaon bomb blast) are linked to the VHP (Vishwa Hindu Parishad),” Gandhi said.

“The BJP should take a good look at the kind of people they are promoting,” Gandhi said.

The BJP and Hindu rightwing organisations have been on the backfoot ever since the Mumbai Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested two Hindu religious leaders and an army officer for suspected involvement in the Sep 29 bomb blast in Malegaon town of Maharashtra that claimed six lives.

BJP president Rajnath Singh and senior leader L.K. Advani have supported Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and other accused, alleging their arrests were politically motivated.

Gandhi said the BJP’s accusation of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government being soft on terror was unfounded.

“This (UPA) government has been very tough on terror. I am happy the way that they have handled terror,” Gandhi said.

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