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Congress seeks ban on Bajrang Dal, Hindu Manch

Bhopal | February 20, 2006 6:47:06 PM IST
The opposition Congress today alleged that the religious minorities were being targeted by ”Hindutva forces” in Madhya Pradesh and sought a ban on Bajrang Dal, Hindu Jagaran Manch and Sewa Bharti.

Participating in the three-day debate on the motion of thanks on the Governor’s address to the Assembly, leader of the opposition Jamuna Devi cited several instances of recent attack on Christians and Muslims in the state and said the religious minorities were given protection in the Constitution to reside in the state, but they were being attacked by ”Hinduva forces.” Displaying the BJP manifesto for 2003 elections with photographs of former Prime Minister Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee and Ms Uma Bharti, the Congress leader said the BJP got the mandate under Ms Bharti’s leadership, but she was left in the lurch.

Alleging interference of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in government functioning, the Congress leader said transfer lists of government employees were being prepared by RSS leaders.

Ms Jamuna Devi also questioned the government decision to handover inquiry to the CBI into the charges of corruption and irregularities against former Assembly Speaker Shriniwas Tiwari and sought to know whether any department had given permission for it.”A new tradition of instituting inquiries against former Assembly Speakers had begun”, she said.

The opposition leader also charged the BJP government with curtailing the budgetary allocation on tribal welfare. People displaced due to the Narmada projects were also victimised with rampant corruption in rehabilitation work, she said.

Alleging that projects worth Rs 300 crore had been announced for Budhni in Sehore district even before Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan declared his candidature from that constituency, Ms Jamuna Devi said several Centrally-sponsored schemes had been renamed to show as if it was introduced by the BJP regime.

She alleged that ”BJP contractors” had come on the scene in every department and the labour laws were being violated in industrial areas.