UPA wants Gujjar violence to spread: BJP

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{image-gujjar protest_29052008.jpg news.oneindia.in}New Delhi, May 29: Terming violence in many parts of the National Capital Region (NCR) ''unfortunate'', the BJP today accused the Central Government and Congress ministers of stoking violence and disorder instead of helping the situation to return to normalcy. BJP vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said if the statements of several ministers in the Centre were any indication, the Government wanted the unrest to spread all over Rajasthan. "These leaders have forgotten their constitutional responsibilities of helping peace and order but were interested only in deriving political gains", he alleged.

The Centre had rubbished the letter of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, urging an early decision by it on the demands of Gujjars, within minutes without even bothering to study the legal and constitutional aspects of the letter written by a constitutional authority, he said. "They want the Gujjar agitation to spread far and wide", Mr Naqvi alleged saying as far as Ms Raje was concerned she had kept open the doors of negotiation by issuing an appeal to the agitating Gujjar leaders to restore peace and order in the interest of public.

It was the Centre which had powers to include any community in the Scheduled Tribes list and the ball was in the Centre's court, he said. The BJP had discussions with Gujjar representatives from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajsthan and Delhi, Mr Naqvi said. He, however, denied that his party had any proposal to change the leaderships in Bihar and Rajasthan as demanded by the dissident MLAs of Rajasthan and Gujjar leaders. ''We have heard the views expressed but the party is considering no such proposal,'' he added.


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