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March 13, 2011




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Congress leaders involved in terror

By Manmath Deshpande

CONGRESS attacking RSS on terrorism is like a fox criticising the lion. Irrespective of whether RSS members were ever involved in few small incidents anywhere or not, the Congress record on terrorism is much worse. Let us look at the Congress’ record in terrorism.

On October 4, 2008, former Congress Minister in Gujarat Mohammad Surti was convicted and sentenced to 20 years jail along with 5 others. These 5 others too must have been Congressmen. This can be checked from Gujarat. Link for this report: http://www.hindu.com, http:/deshgujarat.com.

Mohammad Surti and ten others were found guilty in 1993 Surat twin blast case by TADA Court on October 4, 2008. While Mohammad Surti along with four other convicts, including former Congress Corporator Iqbal Vadiwala, received 20 years prison sentence, another six received 10 years prison sentence. In Varachha blast case, 12 were sentenced while one rickshaw-pullar Asif Sheikh was given benefit of doubt and was acquitted. In Railway Station blast case, 7 were sentenced while 4 were acquitted. Total 21 persons were found guilty out of which five are absconding.

According to police, a part of the arms cache smuggled into Mumbai for 1993 Mumbai blasts was diverted to Surat. Mohammad Surti had procured hand grenades from Ahmedabad don the late Abdul Latif for the bombings, the court said.

Four men accused in the station blast but still at large are listed on the Interpol red corner list as they are absconding. One of them is Farooque Surti (son of Mohammad Surti), who reportedly went to the extent of test firing AK-47 rifles and even exploded a grenade on the outskirts of Surat, before lobbing one at the passengers in the train.

The Indian Express on March 5, 2002 reported on Godhra that Congress leaders are accused in Godhra:

  • Mehmud Hussain Kalota, convener of the Congress district minority cell and president of the Godhra municipality
  • Salim Abdul Ghaffar Sheikh, president of the Panchmahal Youth Congress
  • Abdul Rehman Abdul Majid Ghantia, a known Congress worker
  • Farroukh Bhana, secretary of the District Congress Committee
  • Haji Bilal, a known Congress worker.

The Times of India dated August 9, 2003 also says that 25 Congress leaders were accused of being involved in attacks on Muslims. This report can be read by opening the link: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com.

Justice Tewatia Committee report on Godhra and after, published in April 2002, also said that Narendra Modi’s charge that Congress is instigating violence in Gujarat in April 2002 to collapse the NDA alliance in Delhi is hard to reject. The Congress instigated riots in Gujarat in April 2002 to get Narendra Modi sacked and NDA allies withdraw support to the Atal Behari Vajpayee government, according to Tewatia Commitee report and also from reports of sites like rediff.com, dated April 22, 2002, The Hindu, dated May 7, 2002. etc.

Congress allied with Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagham-a party involved in 1998 Coimbatore blasts. So much for ‘links’ with terrorists, Congress actually allied with this party in Tamil Nadu. Congressmen have been declared guilty for rioting, attacking and killing Hindus in Vadodara in March 2002, on October 16, 2003. Former Deputy Mayor of Vadodara and Congress leader Nisar Bapu was aquitted, but his son and son-in-law were convicted. This was reported by at least three English dailies, including The Times of India on October 17, 2003. This report can be read by opening the link: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com.

Congress has nakedly supported terrorists in Ishrat Jahan case when Vaghela alleged that encounter was fake and Modi staged it to get public sympathy. For this, Congress can be charged with treason. Lalu Yadav also nakedly defended terrorists by alleging that Godhra was done by BJP/RSS even though Banerjee Committee said that it was an accident-thereby acquitting BJP/RSS in Godhra. If it was an accident, how could BJP/RSS people have carried it?

Congress alliance with Muslim League in Kerala has not been raised enough by BJP and the Sangh Parivar. Had the reverse been the case, Congress would not have let BJP get away with it. The credibility that Congress has gained on ‘secularism’ can be destroyed by repeated raising of this alliance with Muslim League by top BJP leaders, from LK Advani, Nitin Gadkari, to all spokespersons. I just saw Aaj Tak, a mostly peaceful demonstration, which was called Talibanism. NCP workers attacked Zee Marathi’s office in January 2004-how did the media respond to that? Aaj Tak invited Digvijay Singh to speak non-stop without anyone from BJP or RSS to respond and he talked of all ‘social brotherhood’ without answering how the Congress supports Muslim League and TNMMK. He also said RSS ideology was responsible for Gandhiji’s assassination. The answer to this could have given that it is Communist ideology of murder and violence, followed worldwide, that killed Gandhiji and not RSS’ or the Congress’ ideology of killing RSS people after Gandhiji’s assassination in 1948 and Sikhs in 1984 that killed Indira Gandhi. Congress allied with ULFA in Assam in 2001 and Naxals in Andhra Pradesh in 2004 before elections for power. After coming to power in 2004 in Andhra Pradesh, Congress lifted the ban on Naxals, and they did a massive show of strength in Hyderabad. The ban was lifted, of course, in lieu of support to Congress given by Naxals before the polls. And for Digvijay’s statement linking RSS with Gandhiji’s assassination, he can and should be sued, and apology should not be accepted-crores of rupees should be demanded. As a matter of fact, big fish Smt Sonia Gandhi too can be sued for damages worth crores for her statement on October 21, 2000 in Uttar Pradesh, saying that Sangh Parivar killed Mahatma Gandhi. The link for it is: http://www.hindu.com.

That Headlines Today sting on RSS was done by Ashish Khetan. This man can be prosecuted for his 2007 Tehelka sting on Gujarat riots. It is time to take legal action against channels like Aaj Tak. This link will give enough evidence to prove it: http://www.gujaratriots.com

Congress should also be asked to explain the comment by its then President Sitaram Kesri in 1998 that RSS carried out the Coimbatore blasts. Vide: http:// www.rediff.com, http:// www.indianexpress.com, http:// www.rediff.com.

And so much for democracy, how does Congress react when the Marathi play Me Nathuram Godse Boltoy is played? They indulge in violence and damage all property-though the play has been cleared. And it also banned Da Vinci Code in 2006 in Andhra, Punjab and DMK-Congress in Tamil Nadu. If RSS is called ‘fascist’ and demanded to be banned, what should be done to Congress which killed 3,000 Sikhs in 1984 and whose so many members have been declared guilty of terrorism and rioting? On every point that Congress makes against RSS, it is at least 10 times guiltier. Someone should tell Sonia and Digvijay Singh that tolerence and liberalism means allowing the play Me Nathuram Godse Boltoy and Da Vinci Code.

There is much more to be spoken. But attacking the aggressive Congress is the need of the hour.




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