Maya, Sena target Rahul over remark
The Congress on Thursday defended party general secretary Rahul Gandhi for his remark that it was very difficult to stop every single terrorist attack.delhi Updated: Jul 15, 2011 10:21 IST
The Congress on Thursday defended party general secretary Rahul Gandhi for his remark that it was very difficult to stop every single terrorist attack.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati and the Shiv Sena reacted sharply to Gandhi’s statement in Bhubaneswar, a day after the serial blasts in Mumbai. But the Congress saw common sense in his words.
Gandhi told mediapersons, “We will stop 99% of the attacks, but 1% may get through. We must stop 100% of the attacks.” He said thwarting all terrorist attacks was difficult, but not impossible.
Gandhi added steps taken by the government over the years had tremendously improved the intelligence network, resulting in scores of terrorist attacks being foiled.
Without naming Gandhi, Mayawati said in a statement the remark of “a Congress office bearer” was “unfortunate and irresponsible”.
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said, “Rahul does not leave a single chance to insult Mumbai. When he says the terror attacks will continue to happen, it shows that he is not fit to live in India.”
Reacting to the outbursts, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said, “What Rahul Gandhi has said is a commonsensical fact. It’s a fact that terrorists can succeed once, but the security forces have to strive to succeed always.”
Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh said, “No one can say ... everything is foolproof. We are comparatively better than Pakistan, where blasts take place every day, every week.”
(With inputs from agencies)