Paswan urges for Commission to study role of communal forces

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Pushkar, Rajasthan, Aug 29 (UNI) Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilisers and Steel Ram Vilas Paswan today proposed the setting up of an ''independent commission'' to investigate the role of those organisations which are trying to harm the social, secular and democratic fabric of the country.

The Lok Janashakti Party (LJP) chief also urged the government not to adopt a dual approach while dealing with communal, secessionist and fundamentalists groups.

''There should not be a pick and choose policy while tackling with hardline and radical Hindu and Muslim groups. A uniform policy could help the government fight divisive and communal forces,'' Mr Paswan said while inaugurating the three-day training camp of party workers at this holy place ahead of the state Assembly elections.

The party has decided to fight the elections in Rajasthan, where they are going to be held later this year.

More than 1400 party functionaries from various parts of the country are participarting in the camps, where top party planners would give final touch to LJP's strategy for the coming Lok Sabha as well as Assembly election in various states.

Mr Paswan said the Commission should comprise of social scientists, human right activists and thinkers so that an impartial report is prepared about the activities of the SIMI, RSS, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal.

Castigating the government for imposing a ban on the SIMI, the Union Minister said the High Court lifted the ban as the authorities could not provide solid and irrefutable evidence against the students' organisation.

However, he said the matter was sub-judice.

On recent bomb blasts in Kanpur, Mr Paswan said the role of Bajrang Dal should be thoroughly investigated. The police and other security agencies should scan its actvities.

Referring to the political turmoil in Jammu and Kashmir, Mr Paswan blamed the communal organisations for the present crisis. He said the issue was being exploited by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for electoral gains.

He severely criticised the role of former Governor Lt Gen (Retd) S K Sinha, saying he was responsible for fomenting trouble in the valley.

He said the Amarnath Yatra was being conducted smoothly for centuries and some people wanted to get political benefits from the latest controversy over land.

He also described the ''economic blockade'' as unjustified and stated that it had created further aliennation in the valley. People were forced to take out fruit-laden trucks towards Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

He said politicans should not exploit national issues for vested political interests.

Prof Ramesh Vhandra, former Vice Chancellor, demanded setting up of a Dalit University in the national capital to help educational empowerment of the socially backward people.

''The government should not delay in establishing the university.

If there are educational instituions for various sections of the society what prevents the government from setting up a Dalit university? Dalits are educationally backward and need encouragement,'' he said.

Mr Ramchandra Paswan, Mr Kali Pandey, Mr Rajiv Ranjan, Mr Nal Kishore Sahi, Mr Arun Kumar and other leaders of the party were also felicitated on this occasion.

The inaugural session was followed by an indepth discussion on the law and order situation as well as educational status of Dalits in the country.


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