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Prez speech like an ad: BJP

The BJP on Monday tore into the President’s address to the joint session of Parliament, calling it “more like a Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity advertisement that gives a compilation of the schemes of the government of India.”

delhi Updated: Feb 22, 2010 23:25 IST
HT Correspondent

The BJP on Monday tore into the President’s address to the joint session of Parliament, calling it “more like a Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity advertisement that gives a compilation of the schemes of the government of India.”

The address lacked direction at a time when there were serious problems facing the country, deputy leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha SS Ahluwalia said.

The address had nothing on what the government would do to control prices, he said.

“The President’s address mentions that the overall internal security situation in the country remains under control,” he said. It understated the challenge, both on account of local modules of terrorist groups and Maoist violence. The big concern was that the Left wing rebels had acquired superiority in strength over the police. “This is not even covered in the document,” he said.

There was an oblique reference to exploring ties with Pakistan, if it addresses the threat of terrorism seriously. The government had gone ahead on talks with Pakistan even though its terror apparatus targeting India continues to be operational, he said.

“The assertion in the document is contrary to what the government is actually implementing,” he said. Recalling that a resolution of both Houses in 1994 had emphasised that PoK too was a part of India, he said the government had not ensured that the coming talks would not dilute this resolution.

Though the address referred to the government’s resolve to pass the Women’s Reservation Bill, the BJP hoped this resolve didn’t meet the same fate as it did on the last seven occasions.