R C Faldu says ‘misuse’ of CBI by Congress has encouraged antisocial elements in Gujarat
State BJP president R C Faldu on Wednesday held the Congress responsible for the communal clashes in the walled city area of Ahmedabad, saying the CBI arrest of IPS officer Abhay Chudasama had emboldened antisocial elements.
In a joint press statement, Faldu and BJP national vice-president Parshottam Rupala alleged that the clashes were borne of a conspiracy to defame Gujarat and hinder its development. “With the Congress trying to morally weaken the Gujarat Police by misusing the CBI, the antisocial and anti-national elements are emboldened. The peace loving people of Gujarat will not let such efforts to be successful,” they said.
Reacting to this, Gujarat Congress president Siddharth Patel said the clashes were result of the BJP-led government’s failure. He alleged it was engineered by BJP leaders and workers themselves to divert people’s attention from the CBI probe into the Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati encounter cases. “The BJP is trying to run away from its responsibilities and hence unnecessarily accusing the Congress,” he said, adding: “It is BJP leaders and workers who are involved in the violence, and not any antisocial element as is being projected by the saffron leaders.”