//Forward Bloc accuses Raje of 'provoking fanatics'

Forward Bloc accuses Raje of 'provoking fanatics'

Jaipur: The Forward Bloc today accused the Vasundhara Raje-led government in Rajasthan of "provoking fanatics to damage Christian institutions" on the issue of the controversial book ‘Haqeekat’ brought out by the Kota-based Emmanuel Mission.

"The BJP government has been provoking Hindu fanatics against minorities to disturb communal harmony," FB state General Secretary Heerchand Jain said in a statement here, referring to the angry reaction from VHP and Bajrang Dal activists to the "objectional" book.

"If (M G) Mathew has written some objectionable comments against any religion, he should be arrested. Why is the state government allowing fanatic groups to damage Christian institutions," Jain said.

Jain demanded that the state government "come clear" on the mission’s activities and the controversial book.He also alleged that Social Welfare Minister Madan Dilawar was raising communal tension through his public speeches and demanded he be removed from the cabinet. Last weekend, a delegation of CPI-M MPs toured Kota on a fact-finding mission in the wake of attacks on Christian institutions in the area, allegedly by Bajrang Dal and VHP activists.

The delegation led by Suresh Kurup, MP, also went to St. Paul’s school, which too faced the ire of Hindu Jagran Manch, Shiv Sena and Bajrang Dal activists.