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Advani 'communalising and politicising' Varanasi blast

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Mar 13: Complimenting the people of Varanasi for setting an inspiring example of maintaining restraint and peace in the face of BJP leader L K Advani's 'communalising and politicising' the blast issue, CPI(M) today (Mar 13, 2006) demanded the Centre to take steps to thwart his game-plan to 'restart communal riots'.

''The Manmohan Singh government must recollect the horrendous repercussions of Advani's rath-yatra in 1990. His plans to choose the route this time wading through the states where assembly polls will be held, are fraught with the danger of enactment of communal riots,'' CPI(M) floor leaders Niltopal Basu and Basudeb Acharya told newspersons at a press conference in the Parliament House.

The CPI(M) also presented a five-member delegation of party MPs, who recently visited Varnasi to make on-the-spot study.

Mr Dipankar Mukherjee said, ''We have witnessed a health signal there. The people are determined that they will not allow outsiders to play with the communal fire.'' Mr Basu said a great transition in the psychology of the people had taken place since the 1990s when the ''Fascist and communal forces'' exploited the religious sentiments of a certain community for its vested interests.

Another CPI(M) MP delegation, led By Suresh Guru, who visited Kota in Rajasthan, said the activists of the Sangh Parivar were disrupting the functioning of Christian missionaries, engaged in running as many as 49 educational institutions, a number of hospitals and orphanages in the state.

''They have made systematic attack on these institutions to the extent that during the Bible congregation, the Sangh Parivar did not permit visitors from outside to reach the venue of the celebrations,'' Mr Guru said.

''We have urged Home Minster Shivraj Patil to look into the matter. He has accepted our demand and assured necessary steps,'' they said.

The party said the bank accounts of the missionary institutes which had earlier been defreezed will be reopened.


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