(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
November 23, 2008
BJP Support For Terrorism Accused Condemned
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) issued the following statement on November 17, 2008.
THE BJP president, Rajnath Singh, has openly declared support for the persons being investigated for the Malegaon blast and other terrorist attacks. Whether it be the case of Lt Col Purohit or Pragya Singh Thakur, the BJP president has virtually absolved them.
The BJP president and some chief ministers belonging to the party participated in a RSS-VHP sponsored meeting of sadhus in Panipat. Statements to the effect that Hindus cannot be terrorists and claims that Hindu religious figures are being targeted were the common refrain in this meeting.
The BJP leadership is making the dangerous argument that no person affiliated to the Hindutva organisations can be investigated for terrorist offences. This has blown up the BJP’s stance against terrorism and exposed its rabid communal outlook. The BJP and the RSS are mounting a campaign to pressurise the police and administration not to pursue the cases of terrorism which have assumed serious ramifications with the arrest of a serving army officer.
The police investigation into the Malegaon blast and the coordinated enquiry with other states where related terrorist offences took place, must be conducted with vigour and the terrorist network and the culprits brought to book.