GPCC demands ban on all communal outfits to preserve secularism

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Panaji, Jul 2 (UNI) The Goa Pradesh Congress Committee today demanded a ban on all ''communal, fundamentalist outfits'' to preserve secularism and communal harmony for which this international tourist destination has been known through ages.

Interacting with mediapersons here today, GPCC spokesperson Jitendra Deshprabhu said the ban should be applicable to all fundamentalist organisations irrespective of any denomination, amid reports of these elements sneaking into Goa to foment unrest.

''Activities of all these elements should be put under scanner by the police to prevent any trouble as their objective is to disrupt peace and tranquility in the state,'' Mr Deshprabhu said.

The Congress continued to stand by the time-tested principles of democracy and secularism and does not discriminate any organisation on communal lines.

He was critical of the role of certain fundamentalist organisations owing allegiance to the BJP in Goa for fomenting communal riots in the commercial city of Margao on June 27 following an incident of eve-teasing.

Refusing to offer any comment on the situation in J &K following denial of land transfer to Amarnath Shrine, Mr Deshprabhu said he was not aware of the circumstances in which the Congress-led coalition government took the decision and that it was not good of him to comment.

He, however, took strong exception to the BJP trying to politicise the issue and trigger violence by raising the religious sentiments for political expediency.

Earlier, BJP had called for national bandh in protest against the J &K government's decision against allotting land to help the pilgrims.

In Goa, the BJP had decided to observe a sit-in dharna in the city in support of the bandh, state unit president Shripad Naik, MP, said.

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