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BJP demands dismissal of UP government
Sharat Pradhan in Lucknow | July 15, 2006 16:01 IST
Last Updated: July 15, 2006 16:45 IST
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday slammed the
SIMI is one of the organisations suspected to be behind Tuesday's terrorist attacks in Mumbai.
Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi led a 5,000-strong band of party demonstrators who staged a protest march from the UP BJP headquarters in
"The manner in which the
"It was amply evident that
Joshi sought the resignation of two Union ministers -- Arjun Singh and A R Antulay � who had reportedly said that some Hindus could also be behind the Mumbai blasts.
On Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav's reported pro-SIMI stand, Joshi said, "It is a matter of serious concern that in his bid to play vote-bank politics, the chief minister of a state is willing to hold a brief for a terrorist organisation."
He sought to hold the Congress led-UPA government as well as the UP state government equally responsible for unabated terrorist acts in the country.
Pointedly alleging the involvement of one UP minister with SIMI, Joshi demanded the ouster of the Mulayam Singh Yadav government.
Meanwhile, at a rally in
"The UP governor and the Centre should take cognisance of statements of UP Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, who is advocating the cause of SIMI which is involved in supporting terrorist activities in the country," Rajnath told reporters.
He said a ban on SIMI was rightly imposed during his tenure as the state's chief minister in 2001.
Rajnath, who is in Nagpur to launch a nation-wide agitation against growing prices of essential commodities and the United Progressive Alliance government's 'failure to curb terror,' questioned the propriety of confidence-building measures with Pakistan, which he said "has not stopped supporting terrorism and giving shelter to terrorists."
With inputs from PTI