BJP's lotus blooming in muck of terror: Cong

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New Delhi, Nov 5 (UNI) Accusing the BJP of adopting double standards on anti-terrorism, the Congress today asked the main Opposition party to clarify what relations it had with sadhvi Pragya Thakur, arrested in connection with the Malegaon blasts.

''BJP ka kamal aatank ke keechad pe khil raha hai (BJP's lotus is blooming in the muck of terror,'' Congress spokesman Manish Tiwari told reporters.

He said there were two types of political groupings in the country-- the Congrees-led UPA with the party slogan 'Congress ka haath, garibon ke saath', and the BJP-led NDA with the slogan 'BJP ka haath, terroriston ke saath'.

Mr Tiwari said the BJP and the Sangh Parivar had been speaking in different voices on the Pragya Thakur issue.

First, BJP President Rajnath Singh said she was not a terrorist and that an Aarushi-like case was being built against her. Then senior leader L K Advani said if the sadhvi was guilty then she should be punished. Two days ago, a BJP spokesman had said it was a sponsored investigation against Pragya, and now VHP International General Secretary Praveen Togadia alleged that the ATS had fabricated evidence against her, Mr Tiwari pointed out.

''The BJP should clarify what relation it has with Pragya, and if there is no relation, then why it is defending her,'' he asked.

He also asked the BJP governments in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh to clarify the purpose for which they had given money to an NGO having links with Pragya.

Citing an ATS transcript submitted in Court in which Pragya talks of one Arvind and a proposed rally of 100,000 people in Thane, the Congress wanted to know whether it was the same Arivind Bagodia who was associated with the BJP's student's wing ABVP from 1992-2003 and was an MLA from the constituency from where the sadhvi hailed.

''How does the BJP afford to sent people to the Assembly who had links with terrorists,'' Mr Tiwari said and added that it show the double standards of the BJP on the anti-terror fight.

''Their stand also demoralises the security forces who are fighting terror,'' he said.

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