FORMER CHIEF Minister Digvijay Singh thinks that the rise in Muslim extremism has its roots in events that took place in 1992. “If the Babri structure had not been demolished the country would have been spared the spate of bomb attacks and communal riots witnessed since then. The (Mumbai) blasts and other terror incidents were a reaction to the demolition,” Singh declared.
The AICC general secretary attributed the spurt in fundamentalist organisations in both communities to a perceived hardening of stance on the other side.
‘‘When the majority community forms groups like the Bajrang Dal, Muslims will respond with organisations like Lashkar-e-Toiba,” Singh pointed out during an interaction with mediapersons at Residency Kothi late Friday evening. And, as long as hardliners within both communities dictate terms things cannot move forward, he said.
“Instead of working towards peace the BJP Government keeps stoking communal passions in a bid to grab Hindu votes,” Singh charged. He claimed that the electorate was getting disillusioned with the saffron party and this was clear from the results thrown up by the Bada Malehra and Vidisha by-polls.