Monday, October 06, 2008

Paswan favours imposing President's rule in Orissa

New Delhi (PTI): Noting that violence against Christians is continuing in Orissa despite Centre's warning, Lok Jansakti Party leader Ram Vilas Paswan on Sunday demanded imposition of President's rule in the state.

"The Centre should use Article 356 (imposition of President's rule) to bring back confidence of the people," Paswan said here on the sidelines of a conference when asked to comment on reports of alleged rape of a nun.

"Even after Centre's warning, cases like rape against minorities continue to be reported and no attention is paid by the state. It is dangerous for the unity and integrity of the country. This has tarnished India's image abroad. India is being condemned all over the world," he said.

Paswan alleged that atrocities on minorities were being committed by assailants in connivance with the state government.

"Since the violence is due to the state government's involvement, the Centre should not remain a mute spectator," he charged.

The LJP leader demanded the Centre should also issue notices under Article 355 to Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, where attacks against minorities were reported.

At least 32 people have been killed since the outbreak of violence in Kandhamal district following killing of VHP leader Laxmanananda Saraswati in August.

An incident of alleged rape of a nun has come to light recently, though it took place on August 25 during a bandh observed in protest of the VHP leader's