Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Government is fueling violence in Orissa state - Congress

Statesman News Service
BHUBANESWAR, Sept. 9: The Congress expressed apprehensions over the communal violence in the state and questioned whether the BJD-BJP government was allowing this to polarise tribal votes in its favour.
"Does this government want the violence to continue till the next elections," asked AICC leader in charge of Orissa and Union minister Mr Ajay Maken here today.
A government which does not agree to suggestions of an all-party meeting, peace processions in Kandhamal and demand for a CBI probe into the killing of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati can only be construed as one which is allowing communal tension to prevail, remarked Congress leaders at a Press conference here.
Iterating the demand for a CBI probe, Mr Maken said: "Why is the CM shying away from ordering such a probe... the killing of Laxmanananda Saraswati on 23 August was a deep-rooted conspiracy and the fallout in terms of violent attacks in Kandhamal warrants a CBI probe".
He repeated the charge that the BJD-BJP government was out to repeat the Gujarat experiment in Orissa. "What else could be the reason to allow someone like Mr Pravin Togadia to tour Kandhamal and prevent Union minister of state for home Mr Sriprakash Jaiswal and others from entering the district," he charged.
Reacting sharply to Mr Maken’s allegation, BJD leader and tourism minister Mr DP Mishra today said: "It is highly irresponsible on the part of Mr Maken to make such statements at a time when peace and normalcy has been restored in Kandhamal."
"Orissa is not Gujarat and Kandhamal is not Godhra," said Mr Mishra while adding that the law and order situation in Hyderabad or for that matter Delhi is worse than that of Orissa.
“The Congress should look at its own performance in Delhi and Andhra Pradesh or for that matter its handling of the Jammu and Kashmir violence before preaching here,” he said.

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