Central government framing Hindu leaders to win polls: BJP president (Lead)

November 12th, 2008 - 4:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyRaipur, Nov 12 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh Wednesday accused the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the centre of framing Hindu leaders in the Sep 26 Malegaon blast case in an attempt to win the upcoming assembly polls.”Maharashtra’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has no evidence against Hindu religious leaders but it is continuously targeting them as part of a conspiracy hatched by the Congress-led government at the centre,” Rajnath Singh said at a press conference here.

The ATS Monday filed an application in a Mumbai court seeking permission to interrogate a “high profile” Hindu leader and obtain cooperation from the Uttar Pradesh government in doing so.

Though declining to name the leader, the ATS has discreetly conducted operations in Farrukhabad and eastern Uttar Pradesh and found vital leads to the Malegaon bombing that claimed six lives.

“I ask the UPA government - is it necessary to communalise terrorism to win elections? If this government is really serious about tackling terrorism, then why is it not enacting a tough law to rein in terrorists? In fact, this government failed to execute the death sentence of Afzal Guru, the person convicted for masterminding the attack on parliament,” Rajnath Singh said.

“The UPA government is giving terrorism a communal hue by deliberately targeting Hindu religious leaders. It will result in communal polarisation of Hindus and Muslims in the country,” he added.

The BJP chief strongly defended Adityanath, a BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh, who Tuesday dared the ATS to arrest him following speculation over his involvement in the Malegaon blasts.

“I personally know Adityanath and he is not the sort of person who can get involved in any terrorist activity. The Congress has failed to tackle terrorism and is now trying to target him,” Rajnath Singh said.

“The Congress government’s attempt to frame Hindu religious leaders is causing resentment among the Hindu community across the nation,” he added.

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