Monday, November 3, 2008

BJP's leader remain silent on Kandhamal crisis

Rajnath Singh

BHUBANESWAR: Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh on Sunday said if the party came to power at the Centre it would bring in a new law to deal with terrorism.

At a press conference here, Mr. Singh blamed the United Progressive Alliance government at the Centre for linking terrorism with Muslims.

“Terrorism will not end in the country when Ministers in the Central government seek citizenship for Bangladeshi infiltrators and term the SIMI a socio-cultural organisation,” he observed, while criticising the UPA government for doing away with the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

The BJP president, who was here to attend a meeting of the party’s Orissa unit, held the UPA government responsible also for the financial crisis facing the country.

“The problem of inflation and price rise facing the country was the result of the wrong policies and mismanagement of the UPA government,” he said.

As regards the Kandhamal crisis, Mr. Singh condemned the killing of Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Laxmanananda Saraswati in the district on August 23. He, however, was silent about the anti-Christian violence that followed.

Demanding that the Orissa government strictly implement the law pertaining to conversion, the BJP president said that if required, the Central government should also bring a law to check conversion by use of force or allurement.

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