Launching a counter-attack against BJP's prime ministerial candidate LK Advani for questioning the UPA government's track record on fighting terrorism, the Congress has said that the "self-anointed
" has dismal credentials as home minister as many major terrorist attacks took place during his tenure.
Responding to Advani's scathing attack on the Manmohan Singh government for "its lack of will" to fight terrorism, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said Kargil was the outcome of a "huge negligence" on the part of the then NDA dispensation.
Pakistan dared to occupy 130 posts in the Kargil area after a period of 28 years due to Vajpayee government's failure.
This was entirely because of negligence of the NDA government, although the Congress and the nation had fully backed the government in its attempt to push back the intruders.
He sought to know from the then Deputy Prime Minister as to how 130 posts were occupied by the intruders. He wondered how the Vajpayee government extended its hand of friendship to Pakistan even in the face of heightened terror threats, without extracting any commitment from across the border.
"We believe in a united effort. We all have to fight terrorism together. Mr Advani, it is you who has created a climate of insecurity and lifted the accusing finger towards us. Are you concerned about the nation or about politicking?"
"The BJP's record to fight terrorism is deplorable. Between 1998 and 2004, they failed on all fronts of terror and yet the then home minister has the audacity to lecture us," Singhvi said.
He said Advani owes an explanation to the nation as to why the then foreign minister Jaswant Singh had escorted terrorists to Kandahar, why Afzal Guru was released just before Parliament attack in December 2001. Singhvi also asked why Peter Bleach (of Purulia arms drop case) was let off, even as his clemency was rejected twice by the President. Is it not a fact that plane carrying the Purulia arms had stopped at Karachi before reaching its destination?