Friday, April 10, 2009

AP Congress in hate speech

I wonder why the media is not going full steam with this news piece where the Congress leader spews venom against Hindus!!

THE CONGRESS, which is jubilant with the arrest of BJP young campaigner Varun Gandhi for his alleged remarks against Muslim minorities, is now facing the same music with its Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee president D Srinivas facing similar charges.

The Chief Electoral Officer of the Election Commission in Hyderabad Dr IV Subba Rao viewed the video-footage of the speech made by Srinivas in Nizamabad, from where he is seeking re-election to the State Assembly. He later submitted a report to the Election Commission for suitable action.

On the line of Varun Gandhi, the Election Commission is expected to issue a notice to Srinivas. However, it will be interesting to observe whether the EC makes a similar move by advising the AICC to withdraw him from the contest.

The BJP, which feels isolated with regard to Varun Gandhi episode, is now challenging Congress government in the state to arrest Srinivas on the lines of Varun Gandhi. But interestingly all Congress leaders, including Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy are silent.

In an obvious riposte to BJP leader Varun Gandhi, the APCC chief reportedly stated that he would sacrifice his head for the minorities if need be and would cut off the hands of those who pointed a finger at them.

This prompted the BJP, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal to submit separate representations to the Chief Electoral Officer demanding disqualification of Srinivas and action against him under the National Security Act.

Senior BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu slammed the Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee president D. Srinivas for making “highly objectionable” remarks relating to minorities and demanded that the party high command respond whether the National Security Act (NSA) should be applied.

Accusing the Congress of adopting “double standards” on the issue, he said that his party had already complained to the Election Commission. He was not advocating that the NSA should be invoked, but wanted the Congress leadership to respond. Srinivas was not a “political greenhorn” like Varun Gandhi and his remarks that he became PCC chief due to the “mercy” of minorities were tantamount to appeasement.

BJP state spokesperson N Ramchander Rao said the statement had hurt the religious sentiments of the majority community and was liable to cause tension between communities. He charged the PCC chief with making a “very overt attempt’’ to divide the people on communal lines for the sake of votes.

Meanwhile, learning of the complaints pouring in at the CEO’s office, the Congress rushed its representatives to the CEO to explain that the remarks by D Srinivas were misquoted by the print media and it was on the basis of these that complaints were lodged by the BJP, VHP and the Bajrang Dal.

Cracking the whip against police officials, the Election Commission on Tuesday suspended Deputy Superintendent of Police of Adoni in Kurnool district, TS Krishna Murthy, and ordered an inquiry against him for “negligence of duty.”

The EC also shifted Y Nagi Reddy from East Godavari district where he is serving as Superintendent of Police, following a similar report by the DGP accompanied by comments by the CEO. Ms Charu Sinha has been appointed in his place.

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