Lucknow: The BJP on Sunday said contradictory
statements by Congress leaders on the Batla encounter were
dangerous for internal security and demanded a clarification
from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue.
"The Prime Minister should clarify whether Union Home
Minister Chidambaram is correct or party general secretary
"The state of confusion over the issue of terrorism is
dangerous for country`s internal security," BJP vice-president
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told reporters here.
On January 12, Chidambaram had said the 2008 gunfight
between security forces and terrorists was genuine, leaving
no scope for reopening the case.
Digvijay Singh had earlier said the Batla House
encounter was fake.
Naqvi said if the Congress considered Digvijay`s
statement as his personal opinion, then the party should
clarify its opinion on the issue.
Accusing Congress, SP and BSP of indulging in shadow
boxing, he said the so-called champions of secularism were
trying to hide the issue of corruption behind a curtain of
casteism and religion.
"Contradictory statements on Batla House, earmarking
4.5 per cent quota for minorities and Union Law Minister
Salman Khurshid`s promise of nine per cent sub-quota are
examples of this," he said.
To a question on former UP minister Babu Singh
Kushwaha, the BJP leader said he was not a member of the
On Kushwaha`s campaigning for the party, Naqvi said he
was not doing so from the party dais. "If someone campaigns
for the BJP, it is his own will."