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'India not safe in Cong hands'

The BJP leader accused the Congress and Left parties of playing vote bank politics and appeasing minorities.

india Updated: May 01, 2006 10:06 IST

Accusing the Congress and Left parties of playing "vote bank politics" and "appeasing" the minorities by seeking the release of PDP leader Abdul Nasser Mahdhani, a prime accused in the serial bomb blast case in Coimbatore, senior BJP leader LK Advani on Sunday night said that the country was not safe in the hands of Congress.

Passing a resolution seeking parole for Mahdhani in Kerala Assembly where Congress-led UDF was in power and CPI(M)-led LDF in the opposition, was a dangerous proposition and a clear case of electoral and votebank politics, he said addressing an election rally in the city, which witnessed the serial blasts that left 58 dead during his campaign visit in 1998.

Charging both Congress, which is ruling at the Centre and CPI(M), which extends outside support, with joining as part of 'minority appeasement and votebank politics,' in Kerala, Advani said "this country is not safe in the hands of the Congress".

Referring to criticism in some quarters about the release of a terrorist in the Kandahar hijack episode, he said it was entirely a different matter. The release of the terrorist had a purpose behind it, "which was human in nature".

For, the Government had to see the safety and release of 166 passengers on board, which was totally human, he said.

Dwelling upon terrorism, Advani said India had been facing terrorism for a long time, when no one talked about it, resulting in the loss over 60,000 lives since 1980 in Punjab, more than the lives lost in five battles the Country had seen.

Though there were occasional blasts in the country, the two major cases of conspiracy were the serial blasts in Mumbai in 1993 and Coimbatore in 1998, Advani said.