Nation At 9: BJP drags Owaisi into ban row

| Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 23:50
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Attack they say is the best form of defence. The BJP  today relied on this axiom to super charge the debate on the demand for a ban on the Sanatan Sanstha which is thought to be a radical Hindu fringe organisation allegedly involved in the killing of rationalists Pansare and Kalburgi besides a string of terror attacks. 
A top BJP mantri at the state level said that if the Sanstha is to be banned for making explosive statements then that demand could be stretched to include the MIM  helmed by parliamentarian Assaddudin  Owaisi. 
The BJP has equated the MIM a bonafide political party to the Sanstha. It has done this on the ostensible grounds that if the Sanstha is guilty of violating the constitution then the MIM  too undermined the constitution and fanned disaffection when it criticised the supreme court for sentencing 1993 Mubmai blast convict Yakub Memon to hang on the grounds that he was a muslim. 
The Mim chief Assaddudin Owaisi who we will question in just a few moments on this show has rejected the comparison alleging that there is more than meets the eye to the strident defence launched by the BJP in favour of the Sanstha . 
The debate is an open one both sides have answers to the fundamental questions does the BJP's strong advocacy of the Sanstha prove that it has ideological sympathies with it and  was the decision by the MIM  to oppose the hanging of Yakub Memom anti-national as the bjp alleges?  
We'll throw this open to debate but right after this news report.

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