BJP government in Raj failed to capitalise on Taslima

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Jaipur, Nov 23 (UNI) Controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen had given the BJP an issue to whip the Communists and the Congress just before the Gujarat elections, but the party seems to have failed to capitalise on it due to lack of political initiative with the writer being forced to leave the city in the morning.

Why Taslima preferred Jaipur when she was asked by the Kolkata police to leave the riot-ravaged city by the fundamentalists clamouring for her deportation still remains a mystery.

According to reports ''Taslima had attended a function organised by the Rajasthan Foundation at the Raj Bhawan in Jaipur a few years back and has expressed her desire to return here. She reportedly called up a member of the foundation yesterday to arrange an accommodation here when the Kolkata police pressurised her to leave the city''. Since room in five star hotels were full to capacity, a room was booked at Shikha hotel in C-scheme.

Taslima, as she had herself confessed, wanted to live in Kolkata which is known for its progressive and secular values.

Is Taslima frustrated by the Communists' somersault and preferred a BJP ruled Rajasthan to embarrass both the Communists and the Congress, which was dilly dallying on the issue.

Whatever, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje failed to capitalise on the golden opportunity. Though the Rajasthan police ensured her security as 'per instructions', Taslima was forced to leave Jaipur in the morning due to lack of political support.

According to Rajasthan Inspector General of Police (Security) Meghchand Meena, ''Taslima was given 'Y' grade security as per instructions. I don't know anything more than that'' Due to lack of political support and a Muslim organisation, Milli Council, threatening to launch agitation over her stay today, the government seems to have lost the opportunity to score a political point.

UNI

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