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Indian Leaders Determine Root Cause Behind Anti-Christian Violence in Orissa

ICC Note:

Indian Leaders of various and opposing parties have named the same two major causes for the violence in Orissa: the former ruling party, Bharatiya Janata Party (Indian Popular Party) and a Hindu fundamentalist organization, the Sangh Parivar.

1/16/2008 India (Christian Post) Various opposition parties in India have unanimously named the former ruling party and a Hindu fundamentalist organization as the root perpetrators of last month’s violence against Christians in Orissa state.

According to the conservative English daily Hindu newspaper, leaders of different opposition parties have each determined that the actions of the Bharatiya Janata Party (Indian Popular Party) and the Sangh Parivar led to the large-scale communal violence and attacks on churches throughout the Kandhamal district.

State CPI(M) General Secretary Janardan Pati said the recent communal violence in Kandhamal district was a planned move by the Sangh Parivar. He urged the leader of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council), Laxmananda Saraswati, who was alleged to be the root cause of communal tension in the district, to try to bring in peace and unity in the district rather than dividing people on communal issues. Meanwhile, the CPI(M) state political bureau member, Ali Kishore Patnaik, said the state government was protecting the Sangh Parivar as BJP was part of the ruling alliance.

State Congress chief Jayadev Jena also accused the Sangh Parivar activists led by Laxmanananda Saraswati of being the instigators of communal violence in the district and alleged that the state government did not take security measures before Christmas celebrations to thwart the plans of the Sangh Parivar. CPI legislative assembly member N. Narayan Reddy further criticized the administration and police for failing to instill a sense of security within the minority community as many places were attacked in the presence of the police.

In addition, former chief minister and Congress leader Hemananda Biswal alleged that the government machinery was busy suppressing facts related to communal violence in Kandhmal district. Deputy leader of the opposition in the State Assembly, Narasingha Mishra, has demanded for the resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on moral grounds for the communal violence in Kandhamal.

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