Saturday, July 24, 2010

BJP's political harakiri in Sohrabuddin case

The BJP wanted to use the killing of Sohrabuddin, a known gangster and his wife Kauserbi, as part of a patriotic anti-terrorist killing. The secularists and the Congress wanted to use it to prove that the BJP was anti-Muslim in klling Sohrabuddin and Kauserbi. The BJP remains an anti-Muslim in particular, and anti-minority in general, party even if it did not have anything to do with the killing of Sohrabuddin or there was no Muslim massacre in Gujarat in 2002 after Godhra. The secularists and Congress remain infra-intellectual when they fight the BJP for its anti-Muslim stance in the Sohrabuddin case.
What is macabre about Sohrabuddin's killing is the fact that the marble mafia in Rajasthan -- from what we gather from police investigations -- had hired the Gujarat police officers to commit the custodial murder of Sohrabuddin. And the marble mafia includes people who have political connections cutting across party affiliations. What needs to be nailed in the Sohrabuddin case is this criminal industry lobby, their political friends and the criminal elements in the police force of Gujarat and Rajasthan.
Unfortunately, the killing of Kauserbi was part of the conspiracy to destroy evidence and witnesses of any kind. That is how police operates in this country. They kill with impunity. That Sohrabuddin and Kauserbi were Muslims was an incidental fact. The police just kill anybody who comes in their way. The courts are right -- the police in this country are criminals in uniform.
BJP leaders Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj showed utter lack of political judgment when they held a press conference on Friday (July 23) and boycotted the prime minister's lunch to defend minister of state for home Amit Shah, who is charged with involvement in the killing of Sohrabuddin. It was political harakiri to take up cudgels on behalf of a politician who is seen as a muscleman of sorts in Gujarat. The party should have left Amit Shah to fight his own battle. That's what a cunning Congress would have done if they had been in a similar situation.
It seems that Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi pressurised, even intimidated, Jaitley and Swaraj to hold the press conference in the national capital and plead the case of Amit Shah.

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