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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

BJP raps Amar for questioning encounter

Positioning itself as the only political party "that instinctively respected the selfless, secular character of the country's security forces and police personnel", the BJP on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on the Samajwadi Party, besides the Congress, for "questioning the sacrifice of Delhi Police Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma".

"The BJP strongly condemns the highly irresponsible and shameful statement of Samajwadi Party MP Amar Singh when he questioned the supreme sacrifice of Delhi Police's Mohan Chand Sharma. What is truly shameful is that he has raised these doubts after reportedly sending a cheque to his wife for his services to the nation. This is the most ugly and cruel form of vote bank politics, which the country has witnessed," BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said here on Tuesday.

"Singh has tried to embolden the morale of terrorists and their patrons who routinely demoralise the security forces," he said, lambasting the trend of "sponsored campaigns" against security forces. "After self-appointed intellectuals, now mainstream political parties too are doing this for vote bank politics. This can only be termed as communal politics at it worst."

"The role of the Congress Party is no less shameful when its leaders including Kapil Sibal and Salman Khursheed compete with each other to get a so-called probe into the episode. What does Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh mean when he says that if there is a doubt there must be a probe? The Congress's only guiding force is blatant vote bank politics and the fight against terror is secondary for them," he added, besides questioning the "conspicuous silence" of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi over pro-SIMI statements by some of their Cabinet colleagues.

"The BJP salutes the family members of late officer M C Sharma, who have rejected the offer of Rs 10 lakh by Amar Singh," said Prasad, adding that Singh must apologise to the nation.

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