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Banatwala attacks govt on secularism
Tara Shankar Sahay in New Delhi | August 20, 2003 01:01 IST
Indian Union Muslim League member G Banatwala lamented on Tuesday the opposition had the misfortune of having a council of ministers in which two were accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case.
"It is the voice of the common people that this government should go," Banatwala said amid applause from the opposition benches.
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He was critical that Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had given a clean chit to the Gujarat government headed by Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
When Bharatiya Janata Party member Vijay Kumar Malhotra sought to interrupt Banatwala, the latter equated him like an angry cat scratching a pillar in sheer frustration.
"Secularism is a matter of life and death for us," Banatawala contended, adding the Vajpayee government was seeking to promote 'multiple nationalism' through cultural nationalism.