Thursday, September 26, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Left, SP insist Modi must go

New Delhi, September 25
Left parties today condemned the “outrageous attack” on Akshardham Temple in Gandhinagar, and demanded imposition of President’s rule in the state.

They called upon the people to maintain peace and remain vigilant and demanded that the perpetrators of the heinous crime must be severely punished.

The Communist Party of India (CPI) said it is a cowardly act, which underlines the frustration of certain fundamentalist forces who harm their own community, apart from those who are targeted.

“This dastardly act, aimed at taking revenge for the Gujarat carnage, can only unleash a vicious cycle of killings and counter killings,” CPI Central Secretariat said in a statement here.

Mourning the death of the innocent people and of the NSG commando who sacrificed his life during the action against the terrorists, the CPI urged the people not to allow the communal forces to play havoc.

CPI(M) Central Secretariat member Ranjit Abhigyan said the outrageous act is an example of major security lapse and showed the extent to which the Modi government kept the whole state machinery engaged in the so called gaurav yatra.

“In the wake of this incident, we demand immediate imposition of President’s rule in Gujarat by a credible and non RSS Governor,” Mr Abhigyan added.

Meanwhile, CPI(M) today condemned the attack on the Akshardham Temple complex in Gandhinagar and warned that any action seeking to inflame the already tense communal atmosphere will only play into the hands of the anti-national forces.

GORAKHPUR: Charging the Centre with failing to contain terrorism, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday demanded “immediate resignation” of Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani in the wake of terrorist attack on the Swaminarain temple in Gandhinagar.

“Advani, who is also the Home Minister, represents Gandhinagar in the Lok Sabha. He failed to check terrorist strike in his own constituency,” Mr Yadav said.

Addressing a huge rally here, the SP supremo also attacked Mr Advani for agreeing to participate in the BSP’s proposed rally at Lucknow on September 28.

“The rally is being organised with the sole intention of maligning the SP as the BSP and the BJP are afraid of its growing popularity,” he said. UNI, PTI


Gaurav yatra postponed

Gandhinagar, September 25
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today postponed its controversial gaurav yatra for a few days, following yesterday’s terrorist attack on Akshardham temple.

Rajya Sabha member and convener of gaurav yatra Jayantibhai Barot said the fourth phase of the yatra, scheduled to begin on September 28, had been postponed in honour of those who had perished in the temple attack.

Earlier in the day, state BJP president Rajendrasinh Rana said there would not be any change in the schedule of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s gaurav yatra despite yesterday’s terror attack, leading to some confusion on its status.

Mr Modi began the yatra from Phagvel in Kheda district on September 8. UNI

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