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Only Congress can fight terror, not BJP: Chidambaram

india Updated: Apr 02, 2009 16:41 IST

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Union Home Minister P Chidambarm on Thursday said only a united country can fight terrorism and the BJP’s agenda is divisive, it can’t fight terror.

Speaking to reporters after a security meet, the Union minister said that if we wish to vanquish terrorism, it is important to vanquish communal agenda and only Congress party at head of a government has capacity to fight terrorism.

"Overall situation in South Asia has deteriorated, so we have to be on guard," said Chidambaram.

Amid reports of terrorist threats to politicians in the run up to and during the general elections, Home Minister P. Chidambaram said Thurdsay there was no need for any panic or alarm and assured that the government was taking all measures to ensure peaceful polls.

"There is no need for any panic. There is no need for any alarm," Chidambaram told reporters.

"We have deployed enough security forces in the run up to the elections. We have taken all measures that are required to ensure polling takes place peacefully," he said.

Chidambaram linked the terrorist threat in India to the deteriorating security situation in South Asia, especially in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

"We have to be on our guard," he said, urging the media to separate the wheat from the chaff and focus on real issues like coastal security, communal harmony and peace.

The minister also underlined the need for unity to fight terrorism. A country divided on religious and caste lines couldn't fight terrorism, he said, claiming that only the Congress could fight terrorism without dividing the country.