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Terrorism can’t be identified with any religion: Moily

Staff Correspondent

Belgaum: All India Congress Committee spokesman M. Veerappa Moily has reiterated his party’s stand on terrorism saying that there cannot be double standards in dealing with the issue.

“The Congress believes that terrorism cannot be identified with any religion, caste, race or political party,” he told The Hindu here on Tuesday.

He said that the statements of Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh and Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha L.K. Advani on the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare, who was killed during the recent Mumbai terror attack, in the context of the Malegaon of blast investigation were symbolic of a stand taken to defend the majority community. The statement of Union Minister for Minority Affairs A.R. Antulay on the killing of Hemant Karkare was of same nature but taken from the minority point of view, Mr. Moily said.

Both the statements were not right and could not be justified. But Mr. Antulay followed the precedent set by Mr. Advani and Mr. Singh, Mr. Moily said. The Congress had regretted Mr. Antulay’s statement, he said.

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