Gadkari defends RSS on alleged terror links of its leaders

Written by: Manoj Kumar Ramesh
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New Delhi, Jan 11 (PTI) At a time when RSS leaders arebeing linked to some major blasts in the country, BJPpresident Nitin Gadkari today came out in defence of theoutfit and said the charges against it were an outcome of"vote bank politics".

"First, there was talk of involvement of outsiders inthe Samjhauta Express blast, as stated by America also. Now,saying another thing... it is all vote bank politics," he saidon the probe into the 2007 explosions in the India-Pakistantrain service which claimed 68 lives.

Earlier, Lashkar-e-Toiba was suspected to have carriedout the attack and even the US had imposed sanctions on itsoperative Arif Qasmani citing his role in the SamjhautaExpress blast.

"Patriots are projected as trouble causers, whereasthose convicted in Parliament attack case are yet to face thegallows," Gadkari said while releasing a book ''Secrets of RSS:Demystifying the Sangh''.

He was critical of slain Mumbai ATS chief HemantKarkare and said, "I have heard of conversations that werestored in Karkare''s laptop in which there were plans to killthe current RSS chief".

He said he had also heard conversations in whichKarkare had labelled RSS leader Indresh Kumar as an "ISIagent".

His statements come at a time when Kumar''s role isbeing probed by investigating agencies in connection with theSamjhauta Express blast and other terror attacks.

Karkare was killed during the 26/11 operations andsenior Congress leader Digvijay Singh had claimed that the toppolice officer feared for his life as he had unearthed thelink of RSS leaders in terror plots in the country.

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