A day before Vishwa Hindu Parishad leaders go into a huddle with an array of Hindu Sadhus at the Allahabad Maha Kumbh in a bid to revive key Hindutva issues, senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi said the “human and cultural rights” of terror accused Sadhvi Pragya Thakur were being violated.
He also attacked home minister Sushil Shinde for insulting the culture and civilization of India, saying ‘saffron’ was not just a colour of the national flag but also stood for selflessness and sacrifice. He added that the BJP would oppose Shinde’s statement in Parliament and outside.
“Law should take its own course. But Sadhvi Pragya Thakur’s letter has come out in the newspapers. She claims human rights violations. There should be an investigation,” Joshi said. “They don’t worry about her human rights. She can’t have treatment done for illness. She is also denied her cultural rights. Hindrances are put in her offering prayers.”
Slamming Shinde, he said, "You (Shinde) have insulted the entire nation and culture and tradition of this nation... Congress will have to answer (these questions) and will have to face the consequences.” He added that the BJP would take a call on whether Shinde should be boycotted in the House during the budget session. “We are celebrating 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand who wore saffron. Was he a terrorist?"
Joshi cited a June 2009 resolution of the UN Security Council Committee on Sanctions that LeT chief coordinator Arif Qasmani had funded the Samjhauta blast and Al Qaeda had provided the manpower.
NIA opposes Sadhvi’s bail plea
NIA, probing the 2008 Malegaon bomb blasts case, on Tuesday told the Bombay High Court that it was opposing the bail plea of prime accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur who has sought the relief on medical ground.
Sadhvi who was diagnosed with cancer last year had sought bail on medical ground to undergo treatment.
The HC had earlier asked NIA and Sadhvi to consider working out a solution amicably.
While NIA had offered to get Sadhvi admitted to Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, she refused to undergo the treatment in police custody, saying she wanted to be released on bail first.