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Digvijay asked to clarify his statement about madrasas

New Delhi: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP)’s secretary general Abdul Khaliq while strongly condemning Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh’s statement that all Muslim youths who have been arrested on the pretext of Batla House encounter were products of English-medium schools and that something could be done if they were the products of madrasas. He said that Raja Saheb probably does not know that leaders like Zakir Husain, Fakhruddin Ali Ahmad, Abdul Kalam are products of madrasas and these madrasas have given many ‘jewels’ to the country and that whenever the country needed great leaders, these madrasas did wonders by providing such heroic people.

Abul Khaliq said that Digvijay Singh, instead of demanding ban on RSS, is talking of an ideological war on the plea that if the RSS is banned, thousands more of such organisations will be born. He said that instead of banning SIMI, ideological war could be fought against this organisation too, adding that if Rahul Gandhi is putting both organisations (RSS and SIMI) in the same category, why double standard is being adopted in case of RSS and SIMI? He said that when it is Digvijay Singh’s own government, whom he is asking for action against enemies of the country and to whom he is demanding that the innocents who have been falsely arrested for bomb blasts should be released when in both these cases it is his own (Congress) party’s government? He further said that Raj Nath Singh can meet anti-national and terrorist Sadhvi Pragya Singh inside the jail, Advani can make a statement in her support and BJP can undertake a signature campaign in her support, yet media and even government keep mum but if someone goes to meet people wrongly arrested on the pretext of Batla House encounter, why is it called “anti-national” act? He asked: why this double standard is being adopted and for how long this will go on? He asked: why Indresh has not so far been arrested when there are enough proofs and witnesses against him?

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-28 February 2011 on page no. 18

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