Aseemanand`s `confession` Cong`s diversionary tactic: BJP
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Last Updated: Friday, January 07, 2011, 23:07
Guwahati: BJP on Friday sought to project Swami Aseemanand's reported confession of his involvement in Samjhauta blast as a diversionary tactic by Congress in the wake of latest revelations in the Bofors case, accusing the ruling party of giving leverage to Pakistani terrorists by throwing the blame on Hindu radicals for their acts.

"There is a clear pattern behind this. Day before yesterday, media widely covered the statement of former driver of Ottavio Quattrocchi and the security officer of the Gandhi family to demonstrate the very intimate relationship between Quattrocchi and late Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi," BJP Spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said to a news agency.

Claiming that there was no denial from the Congress on the allegations, he said, "Suddenly we find selective leaks by the investigating agency seeking to link Aseemanand with some leaders of RSS. This is condemnable and a design to divert attention."

The BJP leader maintained that this would weaken the fight against terror.

"When you use and abuse CBI and other investigative agencies for the personal agenda of Congress, more particularly to divert attention from scams after scams against the Congress, then you are compromising the fight against terror," Prasad said.

He alleged that those who are doing this, including Congress leaders, do not understand the long term damage they are causing to the fight against terror.

"The UPA had told the entire world including the U N that terrorists from Pakistan were involved in the Samjhauta Express blast.

Now if you say they were Hindu radicals, then you are giving leverage to terrorists in Pakistan to deny their involvement in any terrorist attack in India and throwing the blame on Hindu radicals," Prasad said.

The development concerning Aseemanand has come a day before the National Executive of the BJP is meeting here.

The BJP reaction came close on the heels of Congress stopping short of asking for a ban on the RSS after Swami Aseemanand's reported confession of his involvement in Samjhauta blast.

Congress termed the development as indicative of "Sanghi terrorism" and advocated strict action against such organisations and people.

"Reports about the confessions of Aseemanand which have appeared in media have brought out the new terror face of RSS.

This is Sanghi terrorism which poses a big threat to the country," party spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed said.

Ahmed said the involvement of RSS activists in terror acts will not help the country's fight against the terrorism from across the border and will only weaken as it will not have a good impact when the world comes to know that Indians themselves are involved in the blast.

Senior party leader Digvijay Singh accused BJP and RSS of "poisoning communal harmony" in the country. He held the two two outfits responsbile for the terror acts perpetrated by "fringe fanatic groups belonging to minority community and by activists of RSS."

He said that the statement of Aseemanand clearly shows that the entire conspiracy for Samjhauta Express blast was hatched at Shabari dhaam.

To a question on whether he feels vindicated after Aseemnand's confession, Singh said: "I have been saying this for a long time. Unfortunately people were not taking my views seriously. The country faces threat from fanatic extreme ideologies with religious overtones."

Singh, however, dismissed contentions of banning the RSS saying "banning an organization does not help."

To another question on whether he feels that the banning Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) was also not required, he said," this is something that the Government of India should look....banning is not answer."

"You banned SIMI. Those people started some other organisation. LeT was banned in Pakistan. The same people started some other organization. RSS has more than 150 wings.

How many will you ban. It has to be a continious fight against communalism." He at the same time made it clear that he was not equating LeT with any other organization.

In a remark which could create a fresh controversy, the AICC general secretary said that RSS did not believe in the Godhead of Lord Rama.

"RSS does not believe in Sri Ram as a God as an ideal man. Even Vinayak Damodar Savarkar and Madhav Sadashi Golwalkar (former RSS head) always held that Sri Ram was not a God though in Sanatan Dharma Ram is God. These people have misused the name of Rama for political gains. RSS should stop playing with Hindu religion," Singh said.

The senior Congress leader said that BJP and RSS must introspect that whether they should support those who have been instigating communal violence and hatred "which has led to right wing terror activities by the activists of RSS".

"Mahatma Gandhi was not killed by Nathuram Godse but by the ideology inculcated by extreme fanatic thinking which unfortunately still prevails."

Singh also accused BJP of trying to intefere into investigations.

"BJP and RSS should not interfere in the on-going investigations and let the agencies do their job. They are trying to leveal allegations on CBI and NIA now in the same manner in which they have done it on Maharashtra ATS. They are regularly levelling allegatioins against the agencies," Singh said.


First Published: Friday, January 07, 2011, 23:07

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