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PM Should Break His Silence On Attacks On Indians In Aus: BJP

PTI 14 Jan 2010, 21:56:09 IST
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In the wake of an attempt to burn down a gurudwara in Australia, BJP on Thursday said after attacks on Indians living there, now religious institutions were also being targeted and demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should break his silence on the issue. 

"The Melbourne incident in which a gurudwara was set on fire has shocked the country. Till now, only individuals of Indian origin were the target but now our religion, belief and faith are under attack. Why is the Indian government so helpless?" BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said. 

The senior BJP leader argued that the unfortunate incident took place when Akhand Path (prayers) were on in the gurudwara. He said BJP was "amused" at the silence of the government on the attacks against Indians living in Australia. 

"More than 100 Indians living in Australia have been attacked but not a single response has come from the Prime Minister. Time has come for highest intervention from the government. We want to ask why the PM is maintaining silence," Rudy said. 

He said the statements of Minister of External Affairs on these attacks have made no impact till now.

Rudy accused the government of attempting to gag the media by suggesting that "such incidents should not be reported as they would affect our relations with Australia". PTI