MP refuses to join Indian delegation to UN over Advani escort issue

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New Delhi, Oct 17 (UNI) Protesting over the reported withdrawal of two Muslim drivers by the NSG from the escort of BJP leader L K Advani, RJD Member of the Rajya Sabha Prof Jabir Husain today refused to join the India Delegation to the 63rd session of the UN General Assembly beginning in New York from October 26.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Prof Husain said, ''It is not an isolated incident, it speaks a lot about what is going on in the corridors of the concerned Ministry and also about the mindset working in the context of the minorities in this country.'' He urged the Prime Minister to nominate someone else ''worth of a truer faith''.

''The situation, I am pained to emphasise, is neither ambiguous nor subtle. It is too much obvious and brazen. The incident has caused a deep shock to me.'' Prof Husain said he was shocked to read reports that ''the two police drivers, who were earlier trained for the assignment, were not only dropped from the security team, but also ordered to leave the venue of the meeting... the only reason they were not considered safe for VIP duty was their religious identity.'' UNI NAZ SB HS1919

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