The Congress and the BJP sparred over the latest revelations that terror outfits tried to get in touch with Muzzafarnagar riots victims to recruit them in their ranks.
The Congress was quick to claim that its vice-president Rahul Gandhi has been
vindicated, as he was first to talk about such a link in October last during an election rally.
The BJP, however, suggested that the police should complete its investigation into the matter to probe terror links, if any, and even went on to accuse the Congress of playing the communal card.
Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh pointed out that Rahul was the first to point out such an attempt. “If this information is correct that some people from the LeT had gone to relief camps to lure refugees, then it proves right what Rahul had said,” Singh said.
The BJP asked the Delhi Police to come out with the truth on the whole episode, and accused the Central and UP Governments of playing communal politics on a national security issue.
“There are two aspects to the whole issue - technical and political. We have only received partial information. Because this is an issue connected with national security and communal harmony, we expect that the Delhi Police will investigate all aspects of the issue and present the truth before the public. The Uttar Pradesh Police should also reveal what information it has on the issue,” BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi said.
Trivedi was seconding party president Rajnath Singh’s opinion that the matter should be looked into on the basis of the information received.
Pointing towards the political angle to the issue, the BJP spokesperson added: “There has been a continuous effort to play politics on the issue in one form or the other and an attempt is being made to give a communal colour to it...The central and state governments are trying to do religion-based politics on the issue. When such politics is played, it gives rise to separatist forces to create instability in the country.”
Targeting the BJP, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said, “Those who believe in the politics of polarisation, who believe in the politics of communalism should become cognizant of the damage which they do to the idea of India”.
When the issue was first raked by Rahul during an election rally in Indore, it had created a huge furore after the political parties targeting the Congress leader to prove his charges and had even demanded an apology from him.
“This shows how well-entrenched the network of LeT and other such outfits supported and funded by Pakistan are in UP... what action they have taken on their own. It is a national issue. Nobody is nabbed, nobody is traced. This is unacceptable,” another BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar added.