VHP ques­tions Modi’s visit to Bohra mosque

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - | POLITICS POLICY -

Lucknow: Two days af­ter PM Naren­dra Modi vis­ited the Saifee mosque in In­dore, Vishwa Hindu Parishad said on Sun­day that po­lit­i­cal lead­ers should keep the in­ter­ests of Hin­dus at fore­front since the com­mu­nity formed the ma­jor­ity of In­dian state. In his ad­dress to the Da­woodi Bohra com­mu­nity, Modi had in­voked Imam Hus­sain, the grand­son of Prophet Mo­ham­mad, to em­pha­sise the need for peace and jus­tice.

VHP in­ter­na­tional gen­eral sec­re­tary Milind Parande told re­porters here that no­body knows what was go­ing in Modi’s mind when he vis­ited the mosque. “Woh(Modi)masjid kyun­gayeye­poochh­na­padega...hark­isikoap­ni­asthake anusarkaamkar nachahiye (We will have to ask why he went to the mosque...ev­ery­one should work ac­cord­ing to one’s faith),” Parande said.

“Any­one who wants to be in pol­i­tics in this coun­try will have to think of the in­ter­ests of Hin­dus, ir­re­spec­tive of the po­lit­i­cal party to which one be­longs,” he added. ➶ GQFC has two di­ag­o­nal ded­i­cated freight cor­ri­dors (DFCs), north-south Delhi-Chennai ➶ Line will ease con­ges­tion be­tween Nagpur-Wardha and save 62km dis­tance for trains ➶ 1,428cr pro­posal to be sent to Rail­way Board for in­clu­sion in next Bud­get has shown com­mit­ment for wildlife mit­i­ga­tion mea­sures while oth­ers (agen­cies) are bla­tantly vi­o­lat­ing guide­lines. The new line will iso­late tigers and wildlife, and man-an­i­mal con­flict will flare up,” said Bor of­fi­cials.

The Rs 1,200-crore (old cost) Ka­tol-Wardha line project was an­nounced in 200910 rail­way bud­get, and the sur­vey was done in 2011. Since then the pro­posal had been pend­ing. “The plan was dis­cussed at length at a meet­ing in Mumbai on Septem­ber 5 and ap­proved by gen­eral man­ager DK Sharma. The re­vised Rs 1,428-crore plan will be submitted to the rail­way board for in­clu­sion in the next bud­get,” se­nior rail­way of­fi­cials told TOI.

As the plan has been pre­pared by the head­quar­ters, there is no in­for­ma­tion whether wildlife mit­i­ga­tion mea­sures have been in­cluded in the project. Nagpur DRM Somesh Ku­mar was not avail­able for com­ments. Chief pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer Sunil Udasi could not come up with an im­me­di­ate re­sponse on the is­sue.

The new line will be part of the Golden Quadri­lat­eral Freight Cor­ri­dor (GQFC), which has six ded­i­cated ➶ There is al­ready a row over a 39km line pass­ing through Mel­ghat Tiger Re­serve

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