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11/7 | Modi flays PM, wants POTA back

Modi charged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with making 'contradictory' statements on how to tackle terrorism.

india Updated: Jul 18, 2006 03:41 IST

Rapping the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government for repealing POTA, Gujarat Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Narendra Modi on Monday demanded that the states be given powers to enact anti-terrorist laws on the lines of POTA.

"If you (Centre) cannot reinstate POTA, at least give the states the power to enact such a law," he said addressing a condolence meeting for the Mumbai blasts victims in Mumbai organised by BJP's state unit.

"The Prime Minister says the Akshardham attack happened despite POTA, but I say that the perpetrators of Akshardham got the death sentence because of POTA," he told audience.

Making an emotional appeal to Singh, Modi said the Prime Minister should seek a vote from the families of jawans killed defending the country from terrorism on whether POTA should be reinstated and accordingly take action "as he (Prime Minister) deems fit".

Charging the Centre with not approving a legislation by his government against organised crime, Modi said, "The bill, on the lines of MCOCA in Maharashtra, has been pending for Central approval since 2004. (Union Home Minister) Shivraj Patil is sitting over it."

Modi charged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with making 'contradictory' statements on how to tackle terrorism in the wake of the July 11 serial train blasts.

"During his Mumbai visit, Singh blamed a neighbouring country for the blasts and said the peace talks would not proceed in such an atmosphere.

"Then he goes to Russia and says POTA would not be brought back...Are we serious enough for a serious problem like this?" Modi said.

Pointing out that more jawans had been killed in such proxy wars than the actual wars the country has fought since Independence, the Gujarat Chief Minister said. "Today terrorists decide whom to kill, when to kill and how to kill. But as long as I am alive, I'll fight the terrorists and wipe them out," he said.

Modi also took a swipe at 'five-star activists' who are "funded by foreign elements" and "who provide intellectual support to the terrorists."

"These five-star activists label all who fight terrorists as communal. They don't understand that it is a battle for survival of humanity," he said.

According to him, there was a deep-rooted conspiracy to dismember India and said since western India was economically prosperous, this region was specially targeted by terrorists. "They (terrorists) want to render India impotent," the senior BJP leader said.

Calling upon the people to maintain peace and not allow violence to flare up as that would mean playing right into the hands of the terrorists, Modi, however, said there was a limit to the tolerance of the people.

Issuing a warning against the threat of narco-terrorism, Modi said this was a "poison" that was aimed at destroying the youth of the country.

"It is a well-thoughtout conspiracy by our enemies to destroy our coming generations," he said while exhorting the youth to remain alert against this menace.

Similarly, Pakistan was engaged in printing fake currency notes to destroy India's economy, Modi said.

"Everybody must co-operate in every way to enhance security," the Gujarat Chief Minister added.