Advani says bin Laden cannot be ideal for Muslims
Narsinghpur, MP, Apr 26: Senior BJP leader L K Advani today said Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden could simply not be an ideal for Muslims and also appealed to the community to display harmony by renouncing its claim over the disputed area in Ayodhya.
''The Hindu community will not rest until an imposing temple comes up at the birthplace of Lord Ram,'' he said while addressing public meetings here and at Gotegaon as part of his 'Bharat Suraksha Yatra'.
Claiming that the Muslim community also desired to give up their claim over Ayodhya, Mr Advani added that for certain reasons they were not openly speaking their mind.
''The BJP's conduct proves that it is not anti-Muslim. Tennis sensation Sania Mirza and cricketer Irfan Pathan made their community proud while bin Laden shamed the Muslims,'' he said while wondering how the Al Qaeda leader could be construed as an ideal.
Firing a broadside at the Centre, Mr Advani said it was not taking unbiased decisions relating to foreign policy matters and added that the erstwhile NDA regime even stood up to US pressure after conducting the Pokhran-II tests.
''The Agra summit failed as the Pakistani regime was unprepared to admit harbouring militants on their soil. Erroneous UPA policies led to a spurt in terrorism and naxalism. The 'yatra' is a step against such evils, besides being a move for self-respect,'' he claimed.
Mr Advani, who had temporarily broken off from his 'yatra' for campaigning in West Bengal, expressed confidence that the eastern state's populace will vote for change.