A Senior army officer touching a politician’s feet, the political drama surrounding a “third front” candidate for the vice-president’s post, a Samajwadi Party (SP) leader refusing to sing Vande Mataram — these were some of the things the police believe Malegaon blast accused Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Purohit got infuriated with and decided to create a new, Hindu constitution for the country.
The belief stems from Lt Col Purohit’s recorded, closed-door conversation with other members of Abhinav Bharat, an organisation from which many have been arrested in connection with the September 29 bomb explosion.
The conversation, said to be retrieved from arrested godman Dayanand Pandey’s stored conversations, has been incorporated in the chargesheet filed.
At one point in the conversation involving Lt Col Purohit, Pandey and a person called Dr R.P. Singh, it is mentioned that a senior officer by the name of Brijesh Singh had been seen touching SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav’s feet.
In the conversation now in the hands of the police, Lt Col Purohit says to Pandey: “He was from my regiment, Maratha regiment. While in service he was seen touching Mulayam Singh’s feet.”
Dr Singh: “Really?”
Lt Col Purohit: “Then how did he become a governor, after retirement?”
The lieutenant colonel also refers to another media report in which Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani talks of an understanding with the other big party in the country, the Congress, to tackle the “third front” of smaller parties.
“They will come together for that and that will be the biggest fraud on the Hindus of this country," Purohit says.