August 6, 2010 7:30:09 pm
Union Agriculture Minister and NCP President Sharad Pawar today slammed the Narendra Modi government in Gujarat for the killing of Md. Sohrabuddin,his wife Kausar Bi and a student Ishrat Jahan and said that these fake encounter cases proved the ‘communal’ BJP’s political agenda.
The Gujarat government had the temerity to take law in its own hand by getting Sohrabuddin and others killed in orchestrated encounters even though it could have arrested them and tried them for their crimes in the court of law he said.
The killings showed the communal face of the saffron party and its selective targetting of the minority community,he said while addressing the state-level convention of NCP workers here.
If at all there were criminal charges against Sohrabuddin and others,then they should have been arrested by the state police,evidences gathered against them and tried in the courts,he said.
“The complicity of the Modi government in Gujarat in the Sohrabuddin murder case is so obvious and clinching that its Minister of State (Home) Amit Shah has been nailed by the investigating agencies and sent to jail,” Pawar said.
“It is not always that a Home Minister of a state is jailed on murder charges of the citizens of his own state,” the NCP President said.
Pawar also regretted that the communal forces have entrenched themselves in power in a state like Gujarat and selectively targetted the Muslims in a land which had produced an iconic personality like Mahatma Gandhi.
The Union Agriculture Minister questioned the secular credentials of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar saying that the latter followed political double standards by partnering the BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi to rule the state,while distancing himself from the other Modi (Gujarat Chief Minister).
“What type of secularism Kumar has been practising by running the NDA government in alliance with the BJP and Sushil Kumar Modi in tow as the Deputy Chief Minister but at the same time he has gone public about his antipathy for another Modi,” he asked.
The veteran NCP leader also had a dig at the Bihar Chief Minister for cancelling a dinner at the last minute for the BJP leaders two months ago after publication of an advertisement with the Gujarat Chief Minister ahead of the national executive of his coalition partner in June this year.
The Chief Minister,however,can not fool the people of Bihar and seek their support for another term in office by roping in the minority votes and at the same time sticking with the communal forces,the NCP President said.
He also castigated the NDA government for failure on all fronts during its five years’ rule in the state and said that it failed to set up industries during its entire term despite making tall promises on the development front.
Pawar also came down heavily on other political parties,besides the NDA,for giving false hopes to the people and instead divided the state on caste lines and criminalized the polity by soliciting the help of touts (Bahubalis) for narrow political interestes.
Stating that the NCP under its MP Tariq Anwar could be the right alternative for the people in the forthcoming assembly polls in Bihar,he said that the NCP has consistently pursued a development agenda with the interests of the farmers,backward and downtrodden sections in mind.
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