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RSS, VHP express concern over attack
July 05, 2005 11:50 IST
Last Updated: July 05, 2005 12:31 IST
Abruptly breaking the ongoing discussions on the ties with the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh conclave at Surat on Tuesday expressed serious concern over the terrorist strike on the Ram Janambhoomi complex in Ayodhya and appealed to the people to register their strong protests in a 'peaceful manner'.
Emerging from the closed-door meeting, RSS spokesman Ram Madhav told reporters the attack was 'very unfortunate' and alleged that Hindu sacred places were provided with 'lax security'.
VHP firebrand leader Praveen Togadia attributed the attack to 'Pakistan, jihadi terrorism and Muslim votebank politics'.
Holding both United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh responsible for the security of the complex, which is in Centre's possession, he demanded that India discontinue the ongoing dialogue process with Pakistan.
Togadia appealed to the Indian Army to 'crush Pakistan-sponsored terror'.
Togadia said policies like job reservation for Muslims in Andhra Pradesh, budgetary provisions for madrasas, provisions for minorities in para-military forces and 50% reservation for Muslims in Aligarh Muslim University
were encouraging jihadis.
He said they were also getting encouragement by the government's keenness to protect the perpetrators of the Godhra carnage.
Madhav appealed to the people to register their strong protest in a 'peaceful manner while ensuring law and order'.
Regretting that the terrorists were able to 'easily enter' and commit 'heinous crimes' in Hindu sacred places, Madhav said, "The nation should rise like one man to condemn the incident."