Paswan tells Advani: Don't use religion to garner votes
Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Wednesday advised BJP leader L K Advani not to make religion a device to garner votes in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections.

"I request Advani to desist from disturbing the social fabric in the nation by repeating another rath yatra ... politics is okay so long one does not exploit religious sentiments," Paswan said in reply to a query during a press conference in Ranchi.

Reminding how the Vajpayee government failed to preempt attacks on Parliament and Akashardham temple despite having POTA and TADA, the minister flayed the BJP for its alleged agenda to divide Jammu and Kashmir into three sates -- Kashmir, Jammu and Leh/Ladakh, which he said was dangerous.

"That is why I demanded a ban on RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal ..... and wrote a letter to the Prime Minister to serve notice to Orissa, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh governments under Article 355 following attacks on churches as they are state-sponsored attacks," alleged Paswan.

On BJP's criticism of the UPA for not taking any action against those who migrated from Bangaldesh because of vote-bank politics, Paswan sought to know why the NDA failed to take action during its rule.

On the BJP equating Afzal Guru's death sentence with vote-bank politics, Paswan said the BJP should know that the Centre could not do anything as his mercy petition was lying before the President.