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BJP invites terror accused to talk nationalism

delhi Updated: Nov 02, 2010 00:03 IST
Vikas Pathak
Vikas Pathak
Hindustan Times
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The BJP’s minority morcha (wing) has invited RSS national executive member Indresh Kumar — whose name has been mentioned in the Ajmer blast charge sheet — to address its minority delegates on the subject of nationalism.

The occasion: the two-day minority training camp of the morcha that begins in the capital on Tuesday.

BJP minority cell president Tanveer Ahmed confirmed that Kumar had been sent an invite and that his session was slated for the second day (Wednesday). He, however, added that Kumar had not yet confirmed his participation.

“If he comes, he will address us on rashtravaad kaa jazbaa (nationalist drive),” Ahmed said. “He is a thorough patriot and has been doing wonderful work among the minorities. His name has been maliciously dragged in terror charges.”

This comes a day after the RSS strongly threw its weight behind Indresh Kumar in its Karyakari Mandal meet at Jalgoan — the second-highest annual meet of the organisation — announcing that it will hold district-level protests from November 10 against attempts to “frame” Kumar. Sources said

BJP leaders are also expected to take part in the protests. Indresh Kumar could not be contacted for his comments.

Kumar — who has been Jammu and Kashmir praant pracharak in the past — has also been mentor to the Sangh-inspired Muslim Rashtriya Manch.

This indicates the RSS and the BJP have decided to openly back Kumar rather than leaving him to fend for himself.

The two-day training session follows the BJP minority morcha national executive meet on Monday, where the Congress was attacked as the chief perpetrator of Muslim poverty and backwardness through its “vote bank” politics.

The executive resolved to push for the increased Indianisation of Kashmir through the sidelining of separatist voices there.