The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) wants the union government to chalk out a long-term policy to deal with Pakistan-supported militancy.
Such a strategy should have the consensus of all political parties, BSP national president Mayawati said on Monday, expressing anguish and concern over the Uri terror attack.
Successive governments pursued “vacillating” policies, causing “massive” loss of life and property, the Rajya Sabha MP said.
A pre-dawn ambush in an Indian Army brigade office near the Line of Control off Uri town in Baramulla district killed 18 soldiers besides the four attackers.
Mayawati, 60, advised the government to act firm against Pakistan, noting Pakistan-supported terror strikes were taking place at regular intervals. “Each time we condemn attacks and console the families of the deceased jawans. Instead of such an exercise, the government should prepare a long-term policy to check repeat of terror attacks,” she said.
“The people know that our country is capable of checking terror attacks,” the four-time chief minister said. “The government should make an effort in this direction.”
Mayawati sought for increased vigil on the border and strengthened security arrangements with the use of technology. “The centre should activate the intelligence agencies as well,” she added.
The PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir had “failed” to provide security to the people, she said, adding that an all-party delegation that visited the border state recently failed to achieve result. The government should hold talks within the ambit of Constitution with the outfits in the Valley, she suggested.