“Ajmer blast case charge sheet exposes real face of RSS and BJP”

The Congress on Sunday stepped up its attack on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh after one of its functionaries, Indresh Kumar, was named in the charge sheet filed by the Rajasthan Anti-Terrorism Squad in the Ajmer blast case.

Describing the RSS as a “fundamentalist organisation which spread communalism,” Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee president Rita Bahuguna Joshi demanded that its activities be curbed by the Centre and the State government. She said the latest development had exposed the real face of the RSS and the Bharatiya Janata Party. Effective steps should be taken to rein in the organisation, the UPCC chief told journalists here.

Dr. Joshi said the various commissions of inquiry constituted for finding out the causes of the communal riots in different parts of the country after 1969 found the involvement of the RSS, the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, the BJP and their sister organisations. The RSS was allegedly involved in the Mecca Masjid (Hyderabad), Malegaon and Ajmer Sharif blasts, she said.

Foodgrains proposal

The UPCC chief lauded the proposal of the National Advisory Council on the availability of cheap foodgrains to 90 crore people and said it was a landmark decision taken by the UPA government. Dr. Joshi described the move to appoint 96,000 new teachers in Uttar Pradesh and the upgrading of 31,000 schools as a historic measure.

She assailed Chief Minister Mayawati for complaining about the lack of financial assistance from the Centre. She said one-third of the Central funds for the welfare schemes went to Uttar Pradesh and if the money was utilised properly the deprived sections would benefit.

Dr. Joshi said the second phase of the Congress “sandesh yatras” in Uttar Pradesh would be flagged off by party president Sonia Gandhi on November 19 from Allahabad, to mark the birth anniversary of the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. The 10 yatras would conclude on December 28 in western Uttar Pradesh.

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