BJP rejects pol-conspiracy theory behind train mishap
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Last Updated: Sunday, May 30, 2010, 18:53
Thiruvananthapuram: BJP on Sunday rejected the 'political conspiracy' theory of Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee behind the derailment of Jnaneswari Express train at Midnapore in West Bengal that claimed 148 lives.

'It is a political expression to get political mileage and with an eye on civic polls in West Bengal',BJP Spokesperson Ramnath Kovind told reporters.

'We do not see any political conspiracy. Banerjee wanted to shift the blame to Home Minister and West Bengal Government', he said.

Banerjee had alleged there was a "political conspiracy" behind the derailment without blaming Maoists for the disaster and demanded a CBI probe.

Stating that naxalism has become a major threat to country, Kovind said BJP was for 'limited use of army and defence service' to face the challenge poised by Maoists.' We want war against Naxalites', he said.

Alleging that there was no unanimity among Central Cabinet ministers in finalising a clear cut strategy to tackle Naxalism, Kovind said BJP wanted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to explain the government's stand on the problem of Naxalism.

The UPA government at the Centre was a complete failure and on foreign policy, the government appeared to be ''totally capitulating'' before the US, he charged.

He demanded scrapping of the Justice Ranganath Mishra Commission report on religious and linguistic minorities. UPA was trying to enforce the report with an eye on vote bank politics, he said.

'The recommendations, if implemented, will adversely affect OBC category as it is from their quota, religious minorities and convert Dalit Christians and Muslims will be accommodated,' he added.


First Published: Sunday, May 30, 2010, 18:53

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