BJP asks PM to quit for not acting against Lalu who supports SIMI

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New Delhi, Aug 17 (UNI) The BJP today asked the Prime Minister to act against his cabinet colleagues for raising discordant voices against the ban on SIMI, responsible for recent blasts in several cities, or quit his post.

Deputy Leader of BJP in the Lok Sabha Vijay Kumar Malhotra said PM Manmohan Singh should sack his cabinet colleagues -- Lalu Prasad and Ram Vilas Paswan -- for opposing the ban on SIMI as the ban on the militant organisation was a collective responsibility of the cabinet.

''Mr Lalu Prasad and Mr Paswan should either quit or go along with the collective decision of the cabinet,'' Mr Malhotra said.

Calling upon the PM to act against them or quit, Mr Malhotra said Manmohan Singh has proved to be the weakest leader of this country.

It seems it was pay-back time for the PM for all the support he received to survive the confidence motion last month and hence he was unable to do anything against his erring ministers, he said.

He stressed that it was unfortunate that even after the arrest of SIMI activists in Ahmedabad in connection with the recent blasts, Mr Lalu was commenting that innocent people were being arrested.

''This is a highly condemnable and reprehensible act,'' he added.

Reminding that National Security Advisor M K Narayanan had said that nearly 800 terror modules were active in India, which implied an average of nearly 40 modules in each state, Mr Malhotra questioned how could any government allow such disaster knowing the type of damage they could do to social harmony.

Calling it a shame that the government was doing nothing against anti-India forces which were hoisting Pakistan flags and raising pro-Pakistan slogans, while crushing patriotic forces in Jammu, the BJP leader said it spoke poorly on the kind of administration being thrust upon the nation.

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