Will blasts unite troubled town?
Most politicians are of the view that if the blasts are linked to some international Islamic terror group, the incident could bring the communities together.Updated: Sep 10, 2006 05:12 IST
The blasts at Malegaon have left the ruling Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) perplexed. Leaders from both parties are still wondering how to interpret the blasts in Malegaon, which targeted the minority community.
Most politicians are of the view that if the blasts are linked to some international Islamic terror group, the incident could bring the communities together. But if investigations reveal the hand of a Hindu fundamentalist group, it could cause further rift between the communities.
Most minority community politicians are cautious about their comments on the blasts but insistent that police conduct “thorough investigations without singling out any community as culprits”.
Hussain Dalwai, the Congress spokesperson, who visited Malegaon on Saturday, said: “The blasts seem to have got the communities together in some sense. There is a lot of anger against the state, administration and even the police but no communal tension. The reaction among communities here has pleasantly surprised many of us, who feared a grim fallout.”
Dalwai added that people both the sides of the town — divided into Muslim and Hindu localities separated by a nullah — are clear that they don’t want the incident to escalate into communal tension. NCP leader Nawab Malik, who was returning from Malegaon, also admitted to “discontent and unhappiness among the people with police and state administration”.
“The intent to create communal tension is so apparent in this incident that people are unlikely to fall prey to this,” said NCP legislator Sachin Ahir.
He added that unlike in 1992-93, the incident would not lead to increasing polarisation of the two communities that would, in turn, play into the hands of right wing politics.
Reacting to the Malegaon blasts, Opposition Leader in the Assembly Ramdas Kadam of the Shiv Sena demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh for “his government’s failure to protect the people’s lives and prevent suicides of farmers”.
On the other hand, BJP leader Gopinath Munde demanded a judicial inquiry and said the government should hand over the investigation to the CBI.
First Published: Sep 10, 2006 05:12 IST