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'New anti-terror law too late, too little'

delhi Updated: Dec 17, 2008 19:57 IST

Terming the UPA government's proposed anti-terror law as "too late and too little", the BJP on Wednesday charged the ruling alliance with acting in a half-hearted manner in bringing in the legislation.

"The law they (UPA government) have brought is not adequate. They are bringing it half-heartedly and unwillingly," BJP Vice President Venkaiah Naidu told reporters outside the parliament.

He accused Congress of not taking tough actions over the issue of terrorism due to political reasons.

"Due to political reasons, they (Congress) failed to take tough steps. Due to the same reason, they dropped POTA and are now hesitating from bringing a tougher law.

"More powerful laws are required to tackle terrorism and Congress will realise it later," he added.

Refusing to accept the new legislation as a "back door entry of POTA", Naidu charged, "The kind of tough provisions that were in POTA are missing here. They have diluted a number of provisions in the new law."

To a query whether the Congress-led UPA government diluted the provisions of the new law under allies' pressure, the BJP leader claimed, "there are two views even in Congress over the issue. Some feel that a tough law is required, some want a diluted law."

"There is tremendous public pressure on Congress to bring a tough law. That's why they brought this law which is again, "too late and too little," he said.

Dismissing the charge that a POTA-like law could lead to violation of civil rights, Naidu said, "those who carry out terrorist attacks are demons. Human rights are for human beings and not for demons."

Senior party leader Murli Manohar Joshi stressed on the application of the law and said the results given by the UPA government on this count so far are "not satisfactory".

"Let us see how do they apply this law. Up till now what this government has been doing, the results have not been satisfactory," Joshi said.

To a query whether the UPA government is sincere in bringing a tougher law to deal with terrorism, he said, "I will not say whether it has been sincere or not but it has been definitely been ineffective. Joshi also advocated the need for a tougher law, which could act as a deterrent."