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Cong wants apology from PM, Advani for statements over Christian attacks

Cong wants apology from PM, Advani for statements over Christian attacks

Publication: The Indian Express
Date: July 8, 2000

The state Congress yesterday demanded an apology from Prime Minster Atal Behari Vajpayee and Union Home Minster L K Advani for their "conflicting statements on the attacks on the Christian community".

Addressing a press conference at Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee office in South Mumbai, party spokesman B A Desai said Vajpayee's recent statement during his foreign trip on the attacks on Christian being isolated incident and Advani's remarks on anti-national elements being behind the incidents amounted to interference in the fair trial and investigations in the attacks.

Advani's statement was a clear indication of absolving the communal forces of the charges against them, he alleged.

By making such statements, both Vajpayee and Advani were depriving the sufferers of the minority community, of free and fair justice, he said and demanded that the two leaders should apologise for their statements.

He said the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee Human Right's Cell would soon approach the National Human Right's Commission over the issue and demand that all cases of attacks on minorities be transferred to the CBI to ensure an impartial and fair investigation.

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