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Babri Masjid demolition, Gujarat riots acts of terror: Cong minister

Tuesday March 19, 2013 10:32:04 AM, Agencies

New Delhi: Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma on Monday said in the Lok Sabha that the demolition of Babri Masjid and 2002 Gujarat riots were acts of terrorism.


His statement came when the Samajwadi Party members stalled the Lok Sabha proceedings protesting the union minister's alleged statement that Mulayam Singh was a goon and had links with terrorists.


"For me, terrorism has no religion, no colour. The demolition of Babri Masjid and the post-Godhra riots are also terrorist incidents", Verma said as SP members raised slogans against him.

"But he (Mulayam) joined hands with those who demolished Babri Masjid, like Kalyan Singh. His party also helped BJP to win in Gujarat," he claimed.


Babri Masjid was demolished allegedly by Hindu extremists on December 06, 1992. Whereas, more than 2000 civilians mostly Muslims were killed in February 2002 in Gujarat where communal riot broke out after a blaze in train near Godhra.


Samajwadi Party members disrupted both houses of parliament Monday, demanding Beni Prasad Verma's sacking for allegedly saying their party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav had "terrorist links".

Verma's party Congress also expressed its displeasure over his reported remarks.

In the Lok Sabha, the issue was first raised during zero hour by SP member Shailendra Kumar and party MPs then trooped towards the speaker's podium, seeking an apology from Verma and his dismissal from the council of ministers over the issue.

Verma contended that he had not made any such statement, and so there was no question of an apology. "Where is the proof that I have said such a thing? I did not link terrorism to any religion," he said.

SP members, however, remained adamant as Mulayam Singh rose to speak and attacked Verma.

Mulayam Singh said Verma's comments followed a Muslim convention he had addressed in Lucknow, where several Muslim religious leaders spoke about the contribution of the community in the service of the nation.

The SP chief said he would continue to fight for the cause of minorities.

"How can we forget their contributions in national development as also in securing our borders? How can he say that Muslims are terrorists? He should apologise," he said.


Addressing a public function in Gonda, Verma had reportedly said: "Samajwadi Party nahin, sirf Mulayam Singh Yadav kharab hai. Unka apradhik jeevan raha hai, aur aatankwadiyon se bhi unka rishta hai. Bahut jald Mulayam Tihar Jail janey ko taiyyar rahein. Mulayam zaher ka ghoont pe rahe hain, aur Congress ko samarthan de rahey hain, aur commission bhi kha rahey hain. (It is not SP, but Mulayam who is a bad person. He has a criminal background and even has relations with terrorists. Mulayam should be ready to go to Tihar Jail very soon. He is extending support to Congress under compulsion, and taking commission for this.)"

He added: "Mulayam ne hamesha apney virodhiyon ko dushman ki tarah liya hai. Mulayam looterey key sath gundey bhi hain. (Mulayam has always treated his opponents as his enemy. Mulayam is not only a dacoit but also a goon.)"









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