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Chidambaram to blame for Oz withdrawal, says BJP

india Updated: Apr 27, 2009 01:31 IST
Sayli Udas Mankikar
Sayli Udas Mankikar
Hindustan Times
Chidambaram to blame for Oz withdrawal

The BJP has held Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram responsible for Australia’s refusal to play in the Davis Cup tie in Chennai and portraying that India was no longer safe.

Chidambaram had refused to provide security to the Indian Premier League (IPL).

“The decision to shift the IPL portrayed India as unsafe and has placed it in the same bracket as Pakistan. It has not only discouraged the Australian team, but is laying a precedent for tourists, investors and will also affect the participation in the commonwealth games to be held next year,” said BJP general secretary and key poll strategist Arun Jaitley while speaking at Rangsharda, Bandra on Sunday.

Jaitley was addressing voters of the Mumbai North Central constituency neighbourhood as a part of his “Why BJP” campaign organised by BJP Corporator Ashish Shelar on behalf of the group - Friends of BJP.

He also came down heavily on Chidambaram who had on April 16 admitted that there was a “minor clerical error” in sending the DNA reports of 26/11 terror operatives Abu Ismail and Mohammad Ajal Amir Kasab to Pakistan.

“How can the UPA government have such a clumsy approach towards the conduct of the country’s most important terror trial,” he said questioning the ‘soft approach’ of the government on issues of security. “With 67 cities in India attacked till now you do not need a clumsy government that cannot fight terrorism when the Taliban is just a doorstep away,” he said.