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Book Raj under NSA: Yashwant

india Updated: Nov 04, 2008 14:58 IST

Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Tuesday demanded arrest of MNS chief Raj Thackeray under the National Security Act to stop the ongoing "hate-campaign" against the Hindi-speaking people of Jharkhand, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

"Raj Thackeray's anti-North Indian tirade could have been stopped had he been booked under the NSA. But the Maharashtra police arrested him under bailable offence", the BJP National Vice President and the Rajya Sabha MP said in Hazaribagh.

The former external affairs minister also accused the Vilash Rao Deshmukh-led Maharashtra government and the Union government of failing to tackle the MNS issue effectively.

"Even now the two governments failed to rein in Raj Thackeray and his men. His arrest and the subsequent release on bail showed that the Maharashtra Government had ignored national interest by encouraging Raj Thackeray for spreading divisive message, which is a dangerous trend", he added.

Sinha said such "hate-campaign" was a threat to national unity and would damage the nations's image.

Commenting on the recent serial bomb blasts in Assam, Sinha accused the Pakistan's ISI of providing assistance to the terrorists based in Bangladesh for conducting their terror activities in India.

"The serial blasts in Assam are an example in which the Pakistan-based ISI outsourced activities through Dhaka," he alleged. Both the Centre and the Assam government have "failed" to tackle the issue of curbing terror bases in the neighbouring Bangladesh, Sinha said.