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Protests against ``anti-Hindu" statements

Special Correspondent

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat Vishwa Hindu Parishad unit on Saturday staged demonstrations against BJP president L. K. Advani for his alleged "anti-Hindu" remarks made during his Pakistan visit.

The protestswere organised in his Gandhinagar parliamentary constituency, with many volunteers who worked for his election to the Lok Sabha, participating in it.

The VHP was upset with Mr. Advani for describing the demolition of the Babri Masjid as the most regrettable event in his life and his tributes to Mohammed Ali Zinnah as a "secular" leader.It demanded his immediate resignation from Parliament and said he had lost the confidence of the 90-crore Hindus in the country. "It is a different Advani from what we have seen, leading the Ram Janmabhoomi Rath Yatra from Somnath more than a decade ago to get the Hindu votes," said a senior leader.The Congress, however, criticised the demonstration. Congress State secretary Ashok Punjabi said differences between the VHP and the BJP were an internal matter of the Sangh Parivar and bringing them to the streets could create law and order problems.

Some Congress workers tried to block the entry of Chief Minister Narendra Modi-sponsored Kisan Rath in Santrampur in Panchamahals district. They allegedly took away microphones and other equipment atop the "rath" and damaged them. A police case has been registered against 15 workers, including a former Congress MLA.

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