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NIC meet`s sub-text appeared to be Lok Sabha polls: BJP

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 20:18

New Delhi: BJP on Wednesday said though the recent National Integration Council Meeting was held in the wake of communal riots in Muzaffarnagar and Kishtwar, the conclave`s sub-text appeared to be the next Lok Sabha elections and the linking of Narendra Modi to the violence "defied logic".

In an article posted on the BJP website, Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said though the topics for discussion in the NIC meeting were riots, atrocities against women, Dalits and tribals, the "communally tense situation in India" was not adequately debated.

He said while Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was keen to pass the buck and invent conspiracies as to who engineered the riots in Muzaffarnagar, his Jammu and Kashmir counterpart Omar Abdullah preferred trading charges rather than analyse as to what went wrong in Kishtwar.

"The sub-text in the National Integration Council meeting was not an analysis of what happened in Kishtwar or Muzaffarnagar. It appeared to be a road towards the 2014 General Election. It defied logic that efforts were made in this meeting to link Narendra Modi with Kishtwar and Muzaffarnagar when none existed," Jaitley said.

The BJP maintained that both Kishtwar and Muzaffarnagar have a lesson in store for the people.

"The discussion in the NIC meeting on the communally tense situation in India was inadequate in content. The anatomy of the riot that took place in Muzaffarnagar was insufficiently discussed. The one-sided violence which took place in Kishtwar was not properly analyzed," Jaitley said.

The party also rued that issues like terrorism, Maoist insurgency and activities of groups working against national interest were not on the agenda of the NIC meeting.


First Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 20:18
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