BHUBANESWAR: Lok Jan Shakti Party (LJSP) leader Ram Vilas Paswan on Tuesday demanded that a screening mechanism be put in place at national level to prevent “fundamentalist” organisations such as Bajrang Dal and Viswa Hindu Parishad from fanning communal hatred.
Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Paswan said the screening committee should find out if an organisation was working in national interest and accordingly take a decision as to whether it should be banned.
“No organisation should be allowed to demonstrate showing weapons.
It encourages fascist forces to strengthen their base,” LJSP leader said.
The screening committee should comprise of intellectuals, social scientists and human rights activists and they should go into details about activities being taken up by “disturbing” organisations, Mr. Paswan said.
A similar body to scrutinise activities and curriculum of schools and other educational institutions propagating fundamentalist theories should also be set up with Human Resource Development ministry, the Union Steel Minister demanded.
Expressing concern over raging violence in Kandhamal district, Mr. Paswan said India’s image as a secular country had suffered at international level.
“This is not a conflict between Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled Caste communities, but a full-scale communal violence orchestrated by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its sister organisations such as Bajrang Dal and VHP,” he alleged.
Stating that Late Biju Patnaik, father of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, believed in secularism, Mr. Paswan said that Biju Janata Dal was now playing into tricks of Bharatiya Janata Party.
“It is a matter of great concern that communal violence is spreading to other BJP ruled states where fundamentalist forces have been given a free hand. Minority groups are not feeling safe in those States,” he said.
Reiterating his demand for banning Bajrang Dal, he said activities of this Sangh Parivar outfit were highly objectionable and it was attacking minority Christians in Kandhamal district. Mr. Paswan demanded Rs. 10 lakh of compensation to next kith and kin of victims who were killed in Kandhamal communal violence and a job to one of their family members.
The Union Minister, however, admitted that there was no consensus among UPA allies over imposition of President’s Rule in Orissa due to raging communal violence.