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BJP, Congress play blame game

CONDEMNING THE violent incidents between two communities here today, the City unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has blamed Congress party for the entire incident.

india Updated: Jan 18, 2006 13:55 IST

CONDEMNING THE violent incidents between two communities here today, the City unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has blamed Congress party for the entire incident.

The Congress on the other hand blamed BJP for vitiating the peaceful atmosphere of the City. In a press statement, City BJP president Ramesh Mendola, general secretaries Sudarshan Gupta and Harish Dagur alleged that the Congress party was behind the violent incidents witnessed in the City yesterday night and today.

The Congress party was worried over the increasing popularity of the BJP Government in the State and was hell bent to defame the government by instigating such incidents, the BJP leaders alleged.

Without naming anybody, the BJP leaders said that the Congress MLA’s role in the incident has been provocative for cheap popularity. Even small issues are being turned into big ones by the Congress.

The BJP leaders and party MLAs Usha Thakur, Mahendra Hardia and Laxman Singh Gaud have appealed to the people to maintain calm and peace in the City.

A Congress spokesman, meanwhile, said that the BJP and RSS were disturbing the communal harmony in the City for petty political gains. City Congress president Ujagar Singh, in another statement, demanded that the rioters and antisocials be immediately brought to book.

IMC employee’s fingers chopped off
UNKNOWN ASSAILANTS chopped off the fingers of an Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) employee during the clash between two communities at Jawahar Marg on Tuesday. The IMC staffer, a tanker driver, was filling water from a sump well in Toda locality when miscreants bearing sharp-edged weapons attacked him.

The driver has been admitted to a private hospital where his condition is reported to be stable. Meanwhile, the Nagar Nigam Karamchari Mahasangh has threatened to strike work if the culprits were not arrested immediately.

First Published: Jan 18, 2006 13:55 IST