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Laws like POTA not required: Jaiswal

india Updated: Aug 26, 2006 23:17 IST

Government on Saturday rejected BJP's demand for a statute to specifically deal with terror offences saying there was no need for a law like POTA to curb the growth of the menace.

"Laws like POTA are not required. The communal forces who have been demanding statutes similar to POTA and TADA must be knowing such laws cannot prevent recurrence of terror attacks like the ones on Parliament, Akshardham Temple in Gujarat and Red Fort," Union Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal told reporters in Ajmer.

On BJP's demand for a specific anti-terror law, he said the existing laws along with the amendments made and the security forces were sufficient to deal with terrorism, which, according to him, took root in the country in 1984.

Commenting on the Vande Mataram controversy, Jaiswal said the national song was linked to the freedom struggle and everyone respected it, but some people were blowing the issue out of proportion.

On the question of former External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh's return to the Congress and the farmers' and Jat Mahasabha rally in Jaipur, Jaiswal said, "in the Congress those who have extracted the most make the maximum noise. Things have reached such a stage that Natwar Singh's return to the party is impossible".

The Union minister also paid obeisance at the Pushkar Lake known as the 'Brahmasarovar' and offered a chadar  at the tomb of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti.