'Be ready to face results if RSS, VHP banned'
Former BJP President Venkaiah Naidu warned of dire consequences if the ruling Congress and the UPA Govt banned organisations like the Rashtriya Seva Sangh and Vishwa Hindu Parishad.bhopal Updated: Nov 17, 2008 15:22 IST
Former BJP President Venkaiah Naidu on Monday warned of dire consequences if the ruling Congress and the UPA Government banned organisations like the Rashtriya Seva Sangh (RSS) and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).
"If the Congress gets nationalist organisations banned, it should be ready to face the consequences," the former BJP President told reporters on the sidelines of a press conference in Bhopal.
"These days the Congress is playing with fire and its results would be damaging for it in the long run," Naidu said.
The Congress was maligning nationalist organisations even though no proof had been found against them, he added.
The Congress must not forget that it alone had propped up Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale in Punjab in the eighties and then also it has faced terrible consequences of this, he said.
Commenting on the ongoing probe into the September 29 Malegaon blasts, the former BJP chief alleged that the Maharashtra ATS was giving a running commentary on those arrested in connection with the Malegaon blasts and the Congress was using it for electoral purposes.
Naidu claimed that no arrests have been made so far in connection with the July 26, 2006 serial blasts in Mumbai's local trains.
"More than 200 people were killed in serial blasts in Mumbai local trains in 2006 but no one had been arrested while only seven people were killed in Malegaon blasts and the ATS was making a hue and cry over it," he claimed.
Answering a question, Naidu said that a terrorist was a terrorist and it would be unwise to dub him as a Muslim or a Hindu terrorist.
"All terrorists irrespective of their religion harmed the nation's interests and action should be taken against them on the basis of solid evidence," he said.
On the serious financial crisis in the country, Naidu said that it was strange that at this time Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh had described the country's economy as good.
Prices of all essential commodities including, wheat, rice and cooking oil had gone up and yet the Prime Minister saw nothing wrong with the economy, Naidu said.
"It appears that Manmohan Singh was behaving like Nero who continued to play the fiddle when Rome was burning," he added.