Rahul Gandhi asks BJP to introspect its Malegaon case stand

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Amritsar, Nov 18 (UNI) All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary, Rahul Gandhi today advised the BJP to go in for introspection visa vis its stand on the Malegaon blasts.

"The BJP has always condemned and taken a strong stand against terrorism and it should do so in the Malegaon case", Mr Gandhi said while refering to the BJP's accusations that the Congress was indulging in 'vote bank politics' and dubbing those behind the blasts as 'Hindu terrorists'.

Addressing media conference here after launching the election process to the Punjab Youth Congress (PYC), he said that terrorism "in all forms' needed to be condemned. However the BJP's stand was "not a good thing", he added whilepointing out that terrorists had no religion.

Praising the ATS investigating the Malegaon case, Mr Gandhi said that the law would take its course and bring to book all those involved in the blasts. The laws of the country are stringent enough to deal with acts of terrorism, he quipped.

Refering to the BJP President Rajnath Singh's remarks refering to him as a 'bacha' (child), Mr Gandhi said that he respected the BJP leader. " I am a 'bacha' in front of Rajnath Singh but he should remember that the 'bachas' of today are smarter than they were before", he quipped in lighter vein.

Turning to MNS chief Raj Thackery, the AICC general secretary said that his stand against non-Maharashtrians was not in the interests of the country. " We are all Indians and such a thinking should be among all of us", he added.

Questioned about the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, he said that these were "very unfortunate and should not have happened". The Nehru-Gandhi family had always praised the Sikhs for their valour and hard work and had never been against any community, he added.

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