THE MUMBAI blasts appear to have provided an opportunity to the Bharatiya Janata Party to attack Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and the Manmohan Singh-led UPA Government at the Centre and reactivate party’s cadres for the coming Vidhan Sabha elections.
Senior BJP leaders including former party president Murli Manohar Joshi, State BJP chief Keshari Nath Tripathi and Lalji Tandon led a procession against terrorism at Patel Park here.
A BJP delegation later went to the Raj Bhawan and submitted a memorandum addressed to the President through Governor TV Rajeswar. It said there was no justification for continuance of Mulayam Singh Yadav as CM in view of his pro-SIMI stance.
The occasion was also used to demand action against Union Ministers Arjun Singh and AR Antulay for their alleged statement at a Cabinet meeting hinting that some Hindu outfits might have been behind the terrorist strike.
Joshi said the UPA Government should act against terrorism instead of indulging in vote bank politics and step up campaign to get Pakistan declared a terrorist state.
Growing terrorist activities also indicated that the Centre’s move to scrap POTA was not justified, he said. He said the unfolding developments indicated that the Centre had no control. Terrorist activities were on the rise even in the eastern parts of the country, he said adding there were indications that the ISI was running its activities from Bangladesh.
The Centre should speak to Bangladesh government on the issue, he said.
Reacted sharply to the CM’s reported statement on SIMI, Joshi said it indicated that either Yadav’s information network was weak or he was soft on terrorist organisations.
The move to withdraw nearly 150 cases against SIMI activists too showed the CM’s soft attitude towards terrorism, he said.
Reacting to the statement of Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khurshid Ahmad Kasuri linking terrorists’ strikes to the Kashmir issue, he said, the Centre should raise the issue at the international arena.
He said India should also express its reservations to the USA on supply of F-16s to Pakistan.
A delegation of NDA MPs would also meet the President on July 24. The BJP workers would hold “Ghantanada” (ringing of bells) at main crossings and other public places at district headquarters to demand action against spreading terrorism. The party has also palnned a stir on July 17 against rising prices.