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It is strange for NDA to speak of terrorism before polls: Rahul

india Updated: Apr 08, 2009 01:13 IST
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Lashing out at the NDA for raking up the issue of terrorism ahead of the elections, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said it is strange for the BJP-led alliance to talk about the issue as terrorists had struck at Parliament and elsewhere during its rule.

"It is strange for NDA to speak about terrorism before elections. NDA should remember there were many attacks, including one on Parliament House when it was in power," he said while addressing a series of election meetings at Rourkela, Rairakhol and Sonepur in western Orissa.

Also during the NDA rule, a minister was forced to go to Kandahar to secure the release of hostages aboard a plane hijacked by terrorists, the Congress general secretary said.

Dubbing the opposition, including the NDA as "power hungry and a divided house", Rahul said, "their aim is to grab power by making hollow promises, while Congress always fulfills its commitment to ensure balanced and speedy development."

Seeking to woo the tribals in the adivasi-dominated belt, the young leader accused the NDA of neglecting the tribals, farmers, dalits and the downtrodden saying the Congress-led UPA had worked sincerely for their welfare.

"NDA was wiped out in the 2004 polls despite its much publicised "India Shining' campaign as it was working for the interest of the rich at the cost of the poor," he said.