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Congress suffers from communal mindset: BJP

October 31, 2008 10:32 IST

The Bharatiya Janata Party has accused the ruling Congress of suffering from "communal mindset" in dealing with terrorism in the country.

"The Congress and the government suffers from the communal mindset. It has not been able to dissociate terror and Muslim religion. Congress is trying its bid to give a religious colour to the acts of terror," party chief Rajnath Singh told PTI in an interview.

Singh alleged that the Congress-led UPA is in a state of "confusion" and is acting against terrorism with its vote-bank considerations.

"The Congress and the UPA is in a state of confusion and indecisiveness whether to act against the terror outfits or to protect their vote-bank at the cost of the nation," Singh said.

The saffron party feels that the use of terms like "Hindu terror" would boomerang on Congress and it would benefit the BJP candidates in the assembly and Lok Sabha polls.

"The BJP is confident that the talk would boomerang on Congress and it would cost it dear during the assembly and the Lok Sabha polls. The majority community has a feeling of insult which would surely reflect in their voting pattern," he said.

On being asked if the party would use the arrest of Sadhvi Pragya Thakur as a part of its election campaign against the Congress, Singh said they have "better issues."

"No, this is not an issue for our party. We have better issues like the development in the states ruled by our party. We have the issue of price rise and failure of internal security situation," he said.

Singh claimed that the ensuing elections would prove a "defining point for the politics of the country".

"We are slated to win four states- we would retain all three of our ruling states and also come back to power in Delhi [Images]. These elections are all set to prove as a defining point in the politics of the country," he said.

On being asked if he is accusing the UPA government of victimising members of the Hindu outfits on charges of terror, he said, "the law must take its own course."

 "We are of the opinion that the law must take its own course irrespective of anyone's religion or background," he said.

But UPA government can go to any extend to conceal their failures. They can even term the sacrifice of a duty-bound police officer as a fake encounter, he added.

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