'Maharashtra Govt. must take action against Togadia if his speech is inflammatory': MoS Home

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 07, 2013 11:20 hrs

Asserting that law and order is a state subject, Minister of State for Home R.P.N. Singh on Thursday said the Maharashtra Government must take action against Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) President Praveen Togadia if his speech is inflammatory because everybody is equal in the eyes of law.

"Well, as you know law and order is a state subject. All state governments have free choice to take action and are bound to take action if anybody raises inflammatory speeches. And I am sure the state government will take the appropriate action in any case because everybody is equal in the eyes of law," he said.

To a poser on the VHP upping the ante with the BJP, Singh said: "I think all mainstream political parties should stay away from these kinds of statements and all of them should come on board and do away with these kinds of statements. Politics is most serious thing. Everybody seems to be talking about development, but we hear these fringe players all the tensions being focused on them."

"Well, we can't blame the BJP. Whenever elections come, their only issue remains the Ram Mandir. And so, it's not something new that we are seeing that is happening. Whenever the elections are due, the BJP comes back to its old ideology of building the Ram temple," he added.

According to reports, Togadia allegedly attacked Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) politician Akbaruddin Owaisi and members of a particular community at a public meeting at Bhokar town in Nanded district.

Owaisi was arrested on charges of making a hate speech in Andhra Pradesh's Adilabad district last month.

Demanding swift and stringent action against Togadia over his hate speech against members of a particular community, Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh had earlier on Wednesday said no religious fundamentalists should be allowed to play with communal accord in the country. (ANI)

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