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Miraj riots are vote bank politics, alleges RSS

Miraj riots are vote bank politics, alleges RSS

Author: Kiran Tare
Publication: DNA India
Date: September 10, 2009
URL: http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report_miraj-riots-are-vote-bank-politics-alleges-rss_1288947

Western Maharashtra chief of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Dada Sahane on Wednesday related the incidents in Miraj to vote bank politics."The incidents in Miraj, Sangli and Kolhapur are a cause of worry," said Sahane in a press release. He alleged that a few politicians are insulting the Hindus to appease their voters.

"What is wrong in recalling the killing of Afzal Khan on the occasion of the 350th year of the incident? It is unpatriotic to oppose the poster depicting Shivaji Maharaj killing Afzal Khan. We will not tolerate a few politicians fuelling such incidents for the sake of votes," he said.

Sahane demanded that theposter should be put up again at its original place.
"The people who sparked the riot should be arrested. The government should take back the cases against innocent Hindus, and the police officers who were involved in atrocities against the residents should be suspended," said Sahane.

Shiv Sena, on the other hand, has alleged that the riots are a conspiracy to terrorise the Hindus. "The government is not only appeasing the Muslims but also playing dirty politics," he stated in an editorial in Saamna.

"Killing someone is really sad. But Aurangazeb's grave and Afzal Khan's killing are an exception. They are symbols of Maharashtra's pride," said Thackeray. He gave examples of riots and communal tensions at Dhule, Chopada and Bhiwandi in support of his argument that the Miraj riot was a part of a wide conspiracy to terrorise Hindus.

He said: "At Chopada, the Muslims were angry over playing of a song. In Bhiwandi, they started the riots over constructing of a police chowkie and killed two policemen. Sometimes they start riots during Navratri and Ganeshotsav and sometimes over Aurangazeb and Afzal Khan. Why can't they be patriotic?"

Meanwhile, Vishwa Hindu Parishad president Ashok Singhal said, "There should be only one agreement -- that the government take stringent action against the anti-social elements who damaged the Ganesh idols in Miraj." He alleged that the government has bowed to the jehadis.

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