Will protect interest of Hindu saints: BJP
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Last Updated: Sunday, November 16, 2008, 00:00
Panipath (Haryana), Nov 16: Coming out in support of Malegaon accused Pragya Singh Thakur and Lt Col Shrikant Purohit, BJP president Rajnath Singh on Sunday said his party will protect the interest of Hindu saints and back those accused in the Malegaon blast.

"Politics in India has always had a deep relationship with religion in this country. I, on behalf of the BJP, want to assure the seers that maligning of their name by the UPA will not be tolerated by the party," Singh said at a Sangh Parivar conclave here.

Singh alleged that Lt Col Purohit was being falsely implicated by the UPA government for the Samjhauta Express blast.

"These investigations are inspired by political motives," said Singh.

VHP's international president Ashok Singhal accused UPA President Sonia Gandhi of conspiring three years back to malign Hindus in India in an attempt to dilute their faith.

"The harassment and arrest of Kanchi Shankaracharya on murder charges was planned by her," said Singhal. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Bhuvan Chand Khanduri, who is a retired senior army official, also took a dig at the UPA government for its alleged attempt to malign Hindu saints and soldiers of the country.

"It is time that the Hindu community stands unified against such allegations (of Hindu terrorism)," said Khanduri. RSS chief K C Sudarshan criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and said at times he showed signs of "mental instability".

"The concept of Hindu terrorism is sheer madness as the term Hindu stands for a tolerant and all-inclusive faith," said Sudarshan.

Hindu saints representing 13 'Akharas' were present at the conclave. They suggested the setting up of a 'Dharm Sangrakshan Samiti' to initiate a mass campaign against the UPA government for its "false vilification of Hindu saints and army officers in the name of Hindu terrorism".

Close to 250 saints from these 'Akharas' will launch a mass mobilisation campaign on November 26 at Delhi. The campaign will then tour the country and be a part of the BJP's campaign against the UPA and its allies till the onset of the Lok Sabha elections next year.

A top-ranking Sangh leader told PTI on condition of anonymity that it has decided to deviate from its earlier resolution taken at Indore three years back which stated that no Sangh outfit will support the BJP in rallying or campaigning for the party in any state or the general elections.

"We stand united now as the UPA and its allies have accused us of Hindu terrorism. This move by the Sangh Parivar to realign with the BJP in their pre-poll effort is an act of self-defence which is required to protect the Hindu faith and counter acts of Islamic terrorism," he said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, November 16, 2008, 00:00

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