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Rajnath opposes talks with Pak

india Updated: Jul 02, 2006 14:32 IST

BJP national president Rajnath Singh has advised the Central Government not to have any talk with Pakistan President Parvez Musharraf until and unless he keeps his words to check cross-border terrorism.

He also asked the Central Government to make public the issues of closed-door discussions between the Indian and Chinese authorities currently under way. The government should also take into confidence Parliament, he demanded.

Addressing a press conference on the sidelines of the State BJP executive meet here today, Singh said General Musharraf had promised on January 4, 2004, that he would check cross-border terrorism. But terrorism was going on unabated. Hence, the government should not have any talk with him until and unless he kept his promise, he added.

He said China and Pakistan had entered into a nuclear and strategic agreement. China had given such weapons to Pakistan that international defence scenario, particularly in the Indian sub-continent, was imbalanced. Pakistan was in a position to target any important city of India with the weapons directly. China was developing a naval base in Myanmar.

It was building a barrage on Satlaj River. This would affect the country’s power projects over the river. It seemed there was an attempt to surround the Indian Ocean, he added. 

Singh said he was not opposed to India’s talks with China but the issues mentioned above should also be a part of discussion.

He said as far as the Pakistan President’s suggestion for joint management at J&K was concerned, he had no right to give such a suggestion.     

Singh said the escalation of prices had hit hard the people. It was nothing sort of a cruel joke on the people when the Congress Working Committee passed a resolution to ask the government to check the skyrocketing prices.

The Left parties supported the government in Parliament but opposed on the streets. Thus they tried to pull the wool over people’s eyes, he charged.  He said the UPA government’s advice to the State Government to lower the tax rates so as to bring down petroleum prices was another joke. The BJP governments in states would do so if the UPA government reduced its taxes on petrol and diesel, he added.