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CM greets people of Dhar; Congress, Left cry foul

CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan today congratulated the people of Dhar for maintaining patience and harmony during the Basant Panchami puja and Friday namaz at Bhojshala. He said the people have set an example of glorious tradition of peace and social harmony.

india Updated: Feb 04, 2006 12:55 IST

CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan today congratulated the people of Dhar for maintaining patience and harmony during the Basant Panchami puja and Friday namaz at Bhojshala. He said the people have set an example of glorious tradition of peace and social harmony.

Political parties in the State have reacted on expected lines on today’s developments at Bhojshala in Dhar. While the ruling BJP commended the State Government and the Dhar administration to tackle the tricky situation very well, the Opposition Congress and the CPM said that the Chief Minister has failed to observe Rajdharma in the matter.

The BJP State general secretary Anil Dave, while congratulating the State Government and the Dhar administration for tackling the situation admirably well, said that persons and parties, who were apprehensive of violence and ‘wished’ that something untoward happened, have been proved wrong.

He also congratulated people of Dhar for observing restraint and adhering to law. He further said that determination and maturity shown by the Chief Minister in tackling the issue was also commendable.

Congress State spokesperson Manak Agrawal, however, demanded resignation of the Chief Minister for failing to observe Rajdharma. He said that Muslims were not allowed to offer prayer in the sanctum sanctorum of the building, which was their right. Only 13 Muslims were taken on the roof of the building and asked to offer prayers.

Rest of the Muslims, who were brought to Bhojshala for offering prayer by the police itself, were not allowed inside. He said that people were also harassed by police action as cane charge was carried out and tear gas shells burst. Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Badal Saroj said that exactly the same thing happened at Bhojshala as apprehended.

In a planned manner, Muslims were not allowed to offer prayers at Bhojshala and curfew was also clamped in the town only during the period fixed for Muslims to offer prayer. He said prayers at Bhojshala were banned under Archeological Survey of India (ASI) norms but former chief minister Digvijay Singh relaxed the norm to appease fundamentalist Hindu outfits under his ‘soft Hindutva’ policy.

First Published: Feb 04, 2006 12:55 IST