BJP cautions Centre against bringing Orissa under President's Rule

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New Delhi, Oct 4 (UNI) Reacting to the Centre's threat to bring Orissa under President's Rule, the BJP today cautioned that any such ''misadventure'' would only boomerang upon them and complicate the situation.

Reacting to the comments of Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil suggesting to bring the State under President's Rule under Section 356, senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said violence and attacks in the state by anybody were condemnable but the Centre did nothing to bring the state to normalcy.

Bringing Orissa under President's Rule meant that the responsibility of restoring peace and order would be that of Mr Patil and the people of the country knew how safe they were under him. "If the Centre goes for any misadventure, they will pay a heavy price," he remarked.

Mr Naidu said Orissa Chief Minister was doing all he could do to restore order and none could issue a threat to an elected CM. He said unlike Congress leaders, no BJP leader justified the attacks.

"Don't we know of the famous statement that earth is bound to shake when a big tree falls. If support to violence is the criteria, most Congressmen will not be in public life because they supported 1984 violence against Sikhs in Delhi and other places, he said.

He said Mr Patil should explain what he did during Singur and Nandigram impasse or in Congress ruled Assam, when Hindi speaking Indian citizens were attacked.

He said media and political parties should understand the ongoing tussle for reservation between tribals and converts.

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