Paswa:BJP support to Malegaon blast accused "shocking"
LJP chief and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Monday found it "shocking" the way BJP leaders have come out openly in support of the Malegaon blast accused.

"The BJP had been strongly vocal against terrorist activities all this while and the present stand taken by party president Rajnath Singh and senior leader L K Advani is shocking to say the least," Paswan said in a statement.
He said both the leaders owed an explanation to the nation for their stand.
"This only goes to prove that the BJP practices politics on communal lines for petty electoral gains," Paswan said.

Condemning BJP, VHP and Bajrang Dal for "coming out openly" in support of the Malegaon blast accused, he said the stand of these organisations would not only demoralise the agencies conducting investigations into the whole issue, but also cause hindrance in pursuing proper investigation.

The LJP leader said that terrorists do not belong to any particular religion and any person who extends support to the terrorists should be branded anti-national.

Paswan's statement comes a day after RSS, VHP and BJP denounced "UPA's vilification campaign" to "malign" Hindutva at a conclave in Panipat and vowed to counter "attacks on Hindu seers and Indian soldiers".

Coming to the defence of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and Lt Col Srikant Purohit, who have been arrested in connection with the Malegaon blast case, the conclave insisted that Hindus could not be involved in terrorism and alleged that the investigations against them are "inspired by political motives".