Posted by: informer | November 16, 2008

Malegaon probe ‘a huge conspiracy’: Rajnath Singh

New Delhi, November 15 : Alleging that the ongoing investigations into the Malegaon blasts could be a “huge conspiracy”, BJP president Rajnath Singh said he was convinced that Swami Asimanand, Swami Avdheshanand, Yogi Aditynanath and other religious figures, whose names are being taken in the case, were not involved.

“I personally believe that there is a huge conspiracy behind these happenings (the Malegaon investigations)—and do not forget that Maharashtra has a Congress-NCP coalition Government and this could be part of the conspiracy. This possibility cannot be ruled out,” the BJP president said in an interview with The Indian Express Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta for NDTV’s Walk the Talk.

When asked what he would do if religious leaders being linked to Sadhvi Pragya Thakur turn out to be involved in the blasts, Rajnath said, “I’m completely convinced that they are not involved.”

“I do not believe that people like Swami Asimanandji, Swami Avdheshanandji… can ever promote violent activities. I have been close to many such saints, have understood them and people in the Congress have not an iota of hesitation in accusing them…nobody from the party condemned this even once,” he said.

On the sadhvi, a former ABVP national executive member who is alleged to have had a hand in the blasts, the BJP chief said, “I’m not ready to believe that Sadhvi Pragya Thakur is a terrorist until there is enough evidence against her. She has been subjected to three or four brain mapping, narco-analysis tests. Have you ever heard of this being done to any terrorist?”

Asked if his statements on the Sadhvi weren’t almost irresponsible, Rajnath said, “Whatever I have said is after due deliberation, after being aware of certain facts.”

To another question, he said, “The way the names of our saints are being associated with Pragya Thakur—like Swami Asimanandji, Swami Avdheshanandji, Yogi Adityanath—before that the Orissa seer Laxmanananda Saraswati was killed. It is natural that after such a string of events anybody will feel hurt.”

To a question, he wondered why the government had not called an all-party meet on terror. “We are not just ready for a meeting but will support whatever steps the Congress-led UPA takes to deal with terrorism.”


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