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'Now, at least leave Lord Hanuman alone'

Cong has flayed BJP over its plans to begin yatras in wake of terror attacks in Varanasi's Sankat Mochan temple.

india Updated: Mar 09, 2006 05:22 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The BJP on Wednesday came in for sharp attack over its plans to embark on twin yatras with Congress saying that the saffron party had no right to talk of national security as its rule saw phenomenal rise in the activities of Pakistan's ISI in the country.

The party also hit out at the Mulayam Singh Yadav Government in Uttar Pradesh in the wake of Varanasi blasts accusing the UP administration of slackness and failing to act despite prior information from the Centre.

Describing the Leader of Opposition as "Jinnah Krishna Advani", Congress spokesman Rajeev Shukla told reporters BJP plans were condemnable as the yatras, which he dubbed as danga yatras (procession that would trigger riots), would only divide the society and affect communal amity.

"You have exploited Lord Ram fully. Now, at least leave Lord Hanuman alone", he quipped rejecting the saffron party charge that Congress was practicing vote bank politics and said that the cap fits BJP.

Asked whether BJP and Samajwadi Party were hand-in-glove in the current situation, Shukla said though this could not be said definitely, the move of both the parties were to derive political benefits.

He also noted that Advani despite being the Union Home Minister for six long years could not produce a white paper on ISI despite assuring the Parliament about such a document.

He said what was needed was a thorough probe into the Varanasi blasts to bring the culprits to book and not to divide the country in the matter.

Shukla said Congress President Sonia Gandhi has cancelled Thursday's dinner for Rajya Sabha members in view of the tragedy.

First Published: Mar 08, 2006 22:41 IST