Amar Singh's appointment to NIC unfortunate : BJP

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New Delhi, Oct 10 (UNI) Terming the nomination of Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh to the National Integration Council (NIC) ''most unfortunate'', the BJP today said it was ironic that a person actively working as dividing force in the country through ''his shameless and thoughtless utterances was finding a place in the apex body intended to bring peace and harmony.'' Taking strong exception to Mr Singh's appointment, BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar said the appointment was not just a 'pay back' for all the support the Government received from the Samajwadi Party in the July 22 Confidence Vote but also to raise a demand for the ban of Bajrang Dal in the next NIC meeting on October 13.

Ministers like Lalu Prasad and Ramvilas Paswan had all supported SIMI and the Congress too had lent its voice to the ''unholy and anti-national chorus'' by demanding a ban on Bajrang Dal as part of appeasement politics. The Government which should have banned Indian Mujahideen had not done its job because of such disastrous politics, he said.

At a time when ruling Congress party itself was questioning the 'mental balance' of the Samajwadi Party leader, his appointment to the NIC is a shocker after he raised doubts about the ultimate sacrifice of Delhi Police Inspector M C Sharma in the Jamia Nagar encounter on the heels of the Delhi serial blasts, Mr Javadekar said.

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