Rushdie row `match-fixing` by IB, jehadis: BJP

BJP on Monday accused the Congress of using it to gain political mileage in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.

New Delhi: Dubbing the controversy
surrounding controversial author Salman Rushdie as a case of
"match fixing" between intelligence agencies and "jehadis",
BJP on Monday accused the Congress of using it to gain political
mileage in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.

"It is a clear case of match fixing between intelligence
agencies and jehadis in which the Congress government of
Rajasthan played a supportive and active role," BJP chief
spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters here.

He said the Rajasthan government has not denied
statements of Rushdie and the sponsors of the Jaipur
Literature Festival about intelligence inputs that "paid
assassins" from Mumbai could target him.

"But at the same time DGP of Maharashtra has gone on
record to say that they had not provided any input to
Rajasthan in this regard.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot insisted that his
government had received six messages from IB on the threat.
Prasad said keeping in mind the entire background, "it is
necessary to know who is speaking the truth."

If, as claimed by Gehlot that top intelligence officials
were aware of the input, then why was the Maharashtra police
not alerted about it so that they could take preemptive steps.

He said the entire episode had put a question mark on the
credibility and integrity of the intelligence agency.

Prasad demanded a probe into the matter to find out "who
was speaking the truth" and said since intelligence agencies
report to the Prime Minister, he should take note of it.

He said the UPA government`s decision to provide 4.5 per
cent sub-quota to minorities from the 27 per cent quota for
OBCs and promise to double it to 9 per cent would hurt the
interests of backwards.

"Congress has deliberately communalised UP polls.
(Congress general secretary) Digvijay Singh has termed the
Batla House encounter as fake and Congess president Sonia
Gandhi and party leader Rahul Gandhi have maintained silence
on it," the Rajya Sabha MP said.

He said Rushdie had been in India on several occasions in
the past but there were no protests and questioned the timing
of the present controversy ahead of assembly elections in five


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