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BJP to focus on internal security, Ram Setu

india Updated: Jan 29, 2008 15:37 IST

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With an eye firmly on the next elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has zeroed in on internal security and the Ram Setu as its thrust issues in the political resolution passed by the party's national council on Tuesday.

"The BJP has declared an all out war on the Congress government for its failure on all fronts, be it its foreign policy or price rise or farmers' plight. But the hallmark of the political resolution is internal security and Ram Setu," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told IANS.

The BJP on Tuesday concluded a three-day meet at the sprawling Ramilia Grounds in New Delhi that was re-christened Vijay Sankalp Parisar (the venue where you resolve to attain victory).

The meeting was aimed at readying party cadres for the next general elections and to endorse LK Advani as the party's prime ministerial candidate at the next poll.

The political resolution had been read out to members of the national executive on Sunday.

"It (the resolution) has critically reviewed the functioning of the three and a half years of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government and pinpoints its failures, comparing these with the past and present achievements of the BJP/NDA governments," said a senior BJP leader.

The session concludes with a 'Margadarshan' (guidance) valedictory address by Advani later Tuesday, who is expected to detail how the party will go about achieving its goals in the run up to the polls.

The BJP is of the view that Sethusamudram Shipping canal project between India and Sri Lanka will damage the Ram Sethu or Adam's Bridge, a chain of limestone shoals it believes is mentioned in the Ramayana and is the bridge built by Hanuman and his army of monkeys to rescue Sita.

Observing that India needs an effective leader as it has suffered under an "indecisive Prime Minister", the BJP's political resolution spoke of "extra-Constitutional centres of power" which have no Parliamentary accountability but did not name anyone.

The resolution said the Prime Minister is a "non-leader, he is at best only a Chief Executive Officer, executing the day-to-day governance on behalf of the extra-constitutional centres of power."

Noting that governance in India has always given primacy to the office of the Prime Minister, it said as the next general elections approach, it is clear the Prime Minister is not a factor in the country's politics.

The resolution targeted the government on the issue of terrorism. "The UPA has converted India, a victim of terror, into a soft state. For the UPA its vote-bank politics are more precious than the sovereignty of India."

The resolution was adopted after a brief debate and acceptance of a few amendments including one demanding the Centre to bring an immediate bill in Parliament for carving out a separate state of Telangana from Andhra Pradesh.

"The delay in executing the death sentence of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru by the Congress government is the best evidence of the preference of the government to vote bank politics on national security", the resolution said.

It alleged that "ineffective governance and weak leadership are the hallmarks of the UPA government, divisive vote bank politics its political strategy and indecision its recipe for survival. The victims of this political travesty are India and the Indians".

Attacking the Left parties, the resolution said they put on a "facade of opposition" to the Indo-US nuclear deal but were "unable to strike" at the UPA when it persisted and still persists with the accord.

The role of the Left parties ever since the formation of the UPA Government is "dubious", it said, adding the Left started off with a clever strategy of wanting to influence government policies from inside and attempting to occupy the opposition space outside.

But Jaitley as also other leaders like V K Malhotra said the Left became a "victim of its own cleverness. Its threats to the UPA proved empty".

The resolution said the Left was always willing to proclaim but unwilling to strike. "Its hypocrisy was exposed. From the nuclear deal to the economic policies of the UPA, it repeatedly compromised its position".