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BJP slams Centre for letting separatists 'promote' sedition

Last Updated : 22 October 2010, 06:14 IST
Last Updated : 22 October 2010, 06:14 IST

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"What happened in Delhi yesterday when a group of separatists got together to hold a seminar to promote sedition under the nose of the government has stunned the nation. In a democracy, the right to secede cannot be accepted in the garb of right to free speech," Arun Jaitley, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, told PTI.

The BJP leader said the right to free speech enshrined in the Constitution cannot be used against the country. Criticising the government for not taking any preventive measures or punishing the guilty, he said, "There are two responsibilities and obligations of the state -- to prevent such events and to punish the offenders. The government exercised the option of looking the otherway which is not available to it."

Hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Kashmiri separatists as well as Naxal and Khalistan sympathisers came together yesterday under one platform to demand independence for Kashmir at a seminar 'Azadi--The Only Way'.

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Published 22 October 2010, 06:14 IST

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