THE Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded a ‘white paper’ on the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) which has been banned by the Central Government for its involvement in terrorism and divisive activities.
Talking to reporters here on Monday, State BJP chief Keshri Nath Tripathi said that Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav owed an explanation to the people on giving a clean chit to the SIMI which wanted to convert India into an Islamic country.
The Chief Minister’s love for SIMI spoke volumes about his priorities, he said. He also said that a SIMI activist Mohammad Maroof was recently awarded life imprisonment by the Barabanki Session Court for his involvement in a train blast incident. Besides, president of the terrorist outfit was facing trial in a case of treachery in Bahraich but the Chief Minister was busy withdrawing cases against them without any valid ground, he added.
Tripathi said that the SIMI’s involvement in riots, including that of Aligarh, Kanpur and other places had come to light and country’s top investigative agencies had confirmed its hand even in Mumbai blasts.
He said that the hard-earned public money was being spent on wooing Muslims as huge grants were being given to madarsas. He said that Urdu teachers were being appointed in thousands and the Congress was maintaining a studied silence on the anti-Hindu activities of the Mulayam-led government because even the Congress wanted its share of the Muslim vote.
Meanwhile, the State BJP unit completely ignored the call of the party high command to stage demonstrations in every district today in protest against increasing terrorism, price rise and rampant corruption.
The State unit has neither issued any directives to its district offices to comply with the orders nor it organised any protest rally in the State capital. However, a small group of party workers held a demonstration at the Patrakar Puram Crossing in Gomti Nagar to complete the formality.