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BJP ready with ammo

india Updated: Aug 18, 2006 01:16 IST

Monsoon session from August 21

THE BHARATIYA Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday announced that it would not allow the Vidhan Sabha to function during the monsoon session that will begin from August 21. The party was reacting to Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav’s appeal to all political parties to cooperate with the government in smooth functioning of the House.

The party said that it would raise issues like increasing terrorist activities, power and water crisis, deteriorating law and order situation and the Government’s resolve to allow the ISI agents to make their centres and set up network in 34 districts of the State. The CM made the appeal at an all-party meeting convened by him at his Kalidas Marg residence here on Monday. The meeting was, however, boycotted by the BJP.

Talking to media persons on Monday, leader of the opposition in the Assembly Lalji Tandon said that the responsibility of conducting normal business of the House did not rest with the opposition or the BJP. In reply to a question, Tandon said that issues like ever-increasing terrorist activities, safety of the people, security of the country and cordial communal atmosphere were much more important than smooth functioning of the House.

The opposition was duty-bound to draw the Government’s attention towards its failures. Condemning Mulayam for giving a clean chit to ‘terrorist outfit’ Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), Tandon alleged that Mulayam had, in fact, extended an ‘invitation’ to terrorists and their respective organisations to come to UP as it was the best and the safest place for extremists in the country. The SIMI was a ‘nationalistic’ organisation in the opinion of the Chief Minister despite the fact that it openly claimed that its aim was to convert India’ into an ‘Islamic country’. 

Strange things were happening in the State in which leaders of a section of the society were making appeal for not sending their wards to schools and colleges where Vande Mataram of was recited and even demand for a Muslim Pradesh was being raised, Tandon regretted. He said that despite all this, the Chief Minister was busy playing dirty politics of vote bank at the cost of country’s security and safety.

He apprehended that more than half the State, including 34 districts, where terrorists’ presence was confirmed by the Government itself, had successfully been made centres of ISI activities. The presence of lakhs of Bangladeshis, who had been living in different parts of the country including Lucknow, was a potential security threat.

He said panels comprising two to three names had been okayed for about 250 Vidhan Sabha constituencies by the Election Committee and remaining panels would soon be finalised.