BJP-Left clash over Ajmer, Hyderabad blasts
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Last Updated: Thursday, May 06, 2010, 14:59
New Delhi: BJP and Left members clashed in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday after Brinda Karat (CPI-M) demanded a fresh probe into Mecca Masjid blast in Hyderabad and sought to link the Ajmer blast to people connected with RSS.

Trouble started when BJP demanded that Karat's remarks about RSS should be expunged as the incident was related to individuals and not the organisation.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Karat asked how immediately after the bomb blasts, top ministers and officials linked the incidents in 2007 to Muslim community alleging connection with terrorist outfits of Huji and LeT.

She said groups acting in the name of Hindutva were later implicated in Malegaon case.

Karat said that RSS had expelled one of its functionaries. But linking these blasts with Muslims was "gravest injustice and shameful symbol of prejudice and communal profiling".

This was strongly objected to by BJP members Najma Heptulla and SS Ahluwalia who wanted that mention of RSS should be deleted from records. They said that RSS had condemned these incidents.

Ahluwalia said RSS was the obsession of the Left. "You are always chanting RSS. Chant RSS several times a day, you will get salvation," he said.

Deputy Chairman K Rahman Khan said he would go through the proceedings and find out whether Karat has said anything objectionable.

A strong demand was made for the restoration of air service between Srinagar and Dubai which was started with much fanfare.

Raising the issue, Saif-ud-Din Soz (Congress) said the Srinagar-Dubai airlink which was successfully was withdrawn.

"It is totally unacceptable to the people of Srinagar," he said.

He said in fact the people of Jammu and Kashmir have been demanding that Srinagar should be connected with international destinations, more particularly the Gulf.

The Srinagar-Dubai link should be extended to Jeddah, Muscat, Tehran, Kuwait and Sharjah, he said.

There is a big demand for services to these destinations, Soz added.

Prabhat Jha (BJP) said Home Minister P Chidambaram has no control over the situation as under the nose of his ministry some jawans were caught smuggling arms and helping Naxals.

He alleged that Chidambaram has failed in controlling Naxalism but was indulging in "emotional blackmail" by threatening to resign after the Dantewada incident in which 76 security personnel were killed.

Quoting a newspaper report, D Raja (CPI) alleged that there was rampant corruption in the recruitment of nurses in Ram Manohar Lohia hospital in the national capital. For the first time a private agency had been entrusted with the conduct of examination to fill 300 vacancies.

Some candidates had received phone calls from touts demanding Rs five lakh as bribe in return for a job, Raja said.

In a similar incident at the Liver and Kidney Super Specialist Hospital at Vasant Kunj in South Delhi, it was alleged that candidates were asked to pay Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs five lakh as bribe, he said and demanded constitution of an inquiry panel into the allegations.


First Published: Thursday, May 06, 2010, 14:59

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