BJP complains to EC about Pawar’s RSS statement

Abdul Hameed Yousuf,,

Mumbai: In a strong reaction to the statement of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar that RSS is behind several blasts, the Bhartiya Janta Party on Monday lodged a complaint with the Election Commission for alleged violation of the model code of conduct.

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As per the media reports the BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari in a written complaint with the EC said that Pawar’s statement was mischievous and meant for strengthening Muslim vote bank through defaming Hindu leaders and organizations. The compliant wrote that Pawar is guilty of violating the model code of conduct as he tried to create hatred between two communities.

Earlier, Mr Pawar had stated on Sunday in a meeting of UPA allies in Maharashtra that RSS was involved in several blasts in the country including those in Nanded, Parbhani and Ajmer. Indicating that the Hindu elements were behind blasts throughout the country he had said that after the arrest of accused (all Hindus) in September 29 Malegaon blasts no explosions took place.

Mr Bhandari reportedly said that the court is yet to give any ruling in the Malegaon blasts case adding that Pawar has been a guilty of violation of moral code of conduct by misusing a sub-judice matter.

The state BJP president Nitin Gadkari called the statement of Pawar unfortunate and laughable and said that we are lucky that he did not say that Ajmal Qasab was also an RSS activist.

On the other hand most of the Muslims called the statement of Sharad Pawar a trick to collect Muslim votes.

“The statement of Sharad Pawar is but for elections. He is the person who let the police target Muslims freely in 1992-93 Mumbai communal riots. At least 254 Muslims faced the police bullets on their foreheads and chests between J.J Hospital and Pydhoni” alleged Farid Shaikh, the president of Mumbai Aman Committee, which did a lot for Muslims affected by the Mumbai communal riots.

Talking to, he further said, “POTA and TADA were imposed on his directions. The elements who carried out the riots were the same but where was Pawar at that time? He is trying to appease Muslims nothing else but neither Muslims nor secular Hindus are with him.”

The organizer of Jamiat-e-Ulama-e-Hind Shafeequr Rahman told TCN that he is not sure that Pawar will maintain his statement after the elections. “Though Pawar has said it for elections but it is an undeniable fact. If he does not change his statement later Muslims can hold him accountable if his party comes into power.”

Shabbir Deshmukh, the Mumbai president of Movement for Peace & Justice (MPJ), said that Pawar has given the statement keeping an eye on the forthcoming elections. “Where was he when Nanded blasts had taken place in Congress-NCP rule and fake beards were found in Hindus’ houses? But now Muslims can not be cheated because they understand all these things.”