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Monday, Nov 18, 2019

Condemnation over, blame game begins

CUTTING ACROSS the party lines, various political and social organisations condemned the Varanasi blasts, terming it as a dastardly act and demanded stern action against the perpetrators. However, the political outfits could not refrain from resorting to blame-game tactics over the incident. Minister for Environment Kunwar Ujjwal Raman Singh blamed the policies of the Central government for the Varanasi blasts.

india Updated: Mar 09, 2006 00:26 IST
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CUTTING ACROSS the party lines, various political and social organisations condemned the Varanasi blasts, terming it as a dastardly act and demanded stern action against the perpetrators. However, the political outfits could not refrain from resorting to blame-game tactics over the incident.

Minister for Environment Kunwar Ujjwal Raman Singh blamed the policies of the Central government for the Varanasi blasts. In a press release issued by his media in-charge MM Dwivedi, he said the act was aimed at disturbing peace and brotherhood.

The city unit of the Janata Dal (U) described the incident as an attempt to drive a wedge between Hindus and Muslims. In a press release, city unit chief Syed Shahid Hasan demanded a high-level probe into the incident.

Syed Mohd Askari, district secretary of Samajwadi Party’s Minorities Cell assailed the act and urged the people to maintain communal amity. He said terrorists had indulged in a cowardly act by killing innocent people at the Sankat Mochan Temple and the railway station. However, he said the BJP and the BSP should not try to take political mileage out of the incident.

Shailji Mishra, State chief of Shiv Shakti Sena, said the Varanasi blasts were the results of the appeasement policy being pursued by the Samajwadi Party and the Congress.

Sushil Mehrotra, State president of the Uttar Pradesh Sonia Gandhi Brigade and district unit chief Vijay Srivastava said the terrorists had once again showed their cowardice by killing innocent people. They also assailed Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav for demanding cancellation of Sonia Gandhi’s membership from Parliament.

Lalloo Mishra, State general secretary of BJP’s Social Welfare Cell, Faiyaz Ahmad of All India United Muslim Morcha Afsar Mehmood of Muslim Majlis, UPCC member Rehman Ali, Syed Iftekhar Hussain of UP Kisan Association, Vivek Shukla, advocate and RK Tandon, president of the Allahabad Sales Tax Bar Association also condemned the incident.

UPCC general secretaries Ram Yagya Dwivedi, Fuzail Hashmi and party spokesman Kishore Varshney condemned the explosions in Varanasi and expressed deep shock and anguish over the loss of innocent lives in the twin blasts.

They urged the people to maintain communal harmony, peace and calm in this sensitive hour. They lauded the step of party chief Sonia Gandhi in visiting the rattled city of Varanasi in the midnight. Partymen met under the leadership of general secretary of city Congress Devesh Ranjan alias Raju to condemn the Varanasi blasts.