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Banerjee report will escalate violence: Katiyar

Written by: Staff

Bhubaneswar, Mar 06: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) General Secretary Vinay Katiyar today (Mar 06, 2006) claimed that the U C Banerjee Commission report on Godhra train fire could lead to an increase in communal tension in the country.

Describing the report as 'politically motivated', Mr Katiyar said the Congress had 'deliberately' tried to politicise the report which was aimed at protecting the culprits, three of whom were Congress corporators.

The BJP leader said the party had rejected the Banerjee Commission report and its observation that the Godhra incident was an ''accidental tragedy''.

''Can the Congress accept that the assassinations of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were also mere tragedies or accidents?'' Mr Katiyar asked and said the report would ''encourage more violence'' in the country as the culprits would have a feeling that nothing would happen to them in case of similar outrage.

''The Congress should not use the report to gain cheap popularity as it will lead to a dangerous consequence encouraging terrorism in the country,'' he said.

He accused the Congress of trying to pursue the two-nation theory while simultaneously appeasing the minority community ''who had become major'' in the border areas.

He alleged that the minorities settled in border areas still believed in militancy and ''this would ultimately lead to dividing'' the nation.

The BJP, he said, would soon launch a nationwide agitation against the ''appeasement policy'' of the Congress, conversion, extremism and price rise.


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