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Blasts linked to Bush protests: Advani

Sheela Bhatt in New Delhi | March 08, 2006 00:56 IST
Last Updated: March 08, 2006 01:19 IST

Leader of Opposition and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Lal Kishenchand Advani while condemning the Varanasi bomb blasts toldmediapersons that he cannot delinkthe events inthe holy city from the anti-Bush protests and the anti- Prophet cartoon protests, which took place all over India when President George Bush visited India.

When askedto explain his statement, Advani told, "I was trying to say that since the last few days an atmospherewas allowed to be created in the country where fundamentalism is getting space to be nurtured."

"Some people have not understood my reaction. Terrorism is not due to India's close relations with the US. We were facing terrorismlong before the Bush visit," he said.

"When I went to Pakistan, I told Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf thatthe terror infrastructure in his country is not yet dismantled. When onMarch 2, I met President Bush I told him to get rid ofthe impression that terrorism is on the decline in India. It's your wrong impression, I told him. In the last few months, India has faced terrorism in Ayodhya, on the eve of Diwali and later in Bangalore. The attack in Varanasi is one more in that series. Camps are not dismantled across the border and terrorism is alive because the infrastructure of terrorism is not dismantled," he added.

"Many political parties, lead by Congress, are vying to promote minorityism. Yesterday what I saw in Parliament was extremely disgusting.I saw the ruling party, Left parties and allies competing to table the Godhra report. Do you know when they were competing to appease the minorities what was the first item on Parliament'sagenda? The prime minister's statement to Parliament on the Iran nuclear issue!" he said.

"This kind of approach will not benefit theminority, norany political party indulging in it. It won'tbenefit the country," he added.

When told that criticsaccuse the Bhartiya Janata Party and leaders like him of politicising a terrorist attack, Advani said, "They can react to the canard report of Banerjee panel on the Godhra incident. What kind of approach is this? The high court has also passed a stricture against the Justice Banerjee Committee and the railway ministry. The railway minister (Lalu Prasad Yadav) deserves to go."

"When such a huge episode occurs in country we have to condemn it , we will protest against it," he said.

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Sub: terrorism

all are talking about terrorism but no one is giving a slotion. What we need is house to house search of all th eantiinidan activities ...

Posted by arish k sahani

Sub: Varanasi

Saddened will be a mild word to use at what has happenned in Varanasi.I have spent very beautiful days at Sankat Mochan as a student ...

Posted by partha biswas

Sub: Unwanted reaction

Advaniji has proved beyond doubt the capability of the politicians to politicise any issue and give it new dimensions.I wonder if the terrorists will ever ...

Posted by Sreejith

Sub: varanasi attack

all the political parties are trying to take advantage of the situation and BJP is leading gainer from this situation

Posted by sauban

Sub: Advani's Comments

Give me a break Mr speaking of communalism just doesnt gel. You are one singular person responsible for polarising this country brother against brother ...

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