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7/11 terror strike: BJP to launch stir against UPA

BJP would launch a two-phased agitation from July 15 against the UPA Govt's "soft approach towards terrorism".

india Updated: Jul 14, 2006 13:48 IST

BJP would launch a two-phased agitation from July 15 against the UPA government's "soft approach towards terrorism" and also to highlight its demand for a national package for farmers in the rain-fed areas.

A two-day campaign against the Mumbai blasts would be held across the nation on July 15-16 with the slogan "Govern or get out" and BJP leaders would submit memoranda to state governors addressed to president APJ Abdul Kalam on the faulty UPA policies, party vice president M Venkiah Naidu told reporters.

"This was not merely an attack on the people of Mumbai but was part of the larger strategy to destabilise India and such efforts should be dealt with firmly", he said.

Holding Pakistan responsible for the growing terror attacks in the country, Naidu said, "It is time to mobilise international opinion through an effective campaign, detailing designs of the neighbour and need to dismantle such camps".

"On the other hand, we should muster enough courage to dismantle the infrastructure developed by ISI in the country and UPA should stop linking vote bank politics with anti-terrorist policies", he added.

On the recent announcement of Vidarbha package to farmers by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Naidu said, "The Centre lacks vision and national perspective".

"Instead of a piecemeal approach like Vidarbha package, the Centre should announce a national package which suits distressed farmers in all parts of the country", he said.

In the second phase of agitation beginning on July 17, from elected representatives in Parliament to Panchayat would hold dharnas, highlighting the "failures" of the UPA government, he said.

He said 'Ghantanath' (bell ringing) would be held across the nation at 11 am on July 24 coinciding with the start of monsoon session of Parliament.

Other programmes to be taken up during the second phase would be holding rallies in north Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra and other places where more number of farmers' suicides were reported, he said.

"UPA government was insensitive towards farmers' plight and with the possiblity of agrarian crisis looming large, the Centre should take adequate measures and strengthen the farm sector", he said.