Moily says Congress in favour of ban on Bajrang Dal,VHP

Former Karnataka Chief Minister Veerappa Moily New Delhi, Oct. 10 : Former Karnataka Chief Minister and head of the Congress party''s media cell, Veerappa Moily, on Friday told a press conference here that the party is in favour of banning the right-wing Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).

"The Bajrang Dal deserves to be banned... They have earned this image for themselves. The terrorists hide and do it, they (Bajrang Dal) do it openly," Moily said.

Moily said that the activities of the saffron outfit are more pronounced in the BJP-ruled states and alleged that these state governments were collaborating with the Bajrang Dal rather than checking their activities.

"The BJP-ruled states think that the Bajrang Dal is an oxygen for their survival... This is very unfortunate," Moily said while attacking the outfit for its role in anti-Christian violence in some parts of the country.

"In the case of Bajrang Dal, we find that the BJP-ruled states have not recommended the ban. This means they are collaborating with the organisation," he said.

Asked whether the ban should be extended to the VHP also, Moily said, "yes, why not".

Replying to a question on the political implications of ban and whether the politics would be polarised along communal lines, he said, "political consequences are not important, the country is more important".

Moily said: "The party looks at the ban not as a political agenda, but as a national agenda". (ANI)