NATIONAL PRESIDENT of the Bharatiya Janata Party Rajnath Singh today demanded an end to bilateral talks with Pakistan after clear indications of ISI presence in the Indian Army and the agency’s role in terror acts.
Singh, who was in the city to campaign for BJP mayoral candidate Ravindra Patni and other party candidates, told mediapersons that though the spread of the ISI network was being talked about ever since LK Advani’s Bharat Uday Yatra, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee admitted the infiltration of the Pakistani agency in the army only now. He advised the Centre to raise the terrorism issue at an international forum and demand global supervision of Pakistan activity.
He criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for ruling out talks with Pakistan till it stopped subversive activities and then cozying up to President Pervez Musharraf during the Havana summit. He said since the ISI role had been exposed, talks with Pakistan should be stopped till terror acts ended.
Reacting to Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav’s advice to the BJP change its stance towards Muslims and win his support, Singh said it wasn’t clear why leaders like the Samajwadi Party chief treated his party as the enemy of Muslims.
He said the BJP was only against using Muslims as a vote bank. He added that the Centre’s moves of providing reservation to SC/ST in minority institutions or counting of Muslims in the Army were vote bank politics. He said if the BJP came to power all such decisions would be taken back. Singh also criticised Mulayam Singh Yadav’s claim of turning Uttar Pradesh into Uttam Pradesh. He said a visit of the State would expose the CM’s claim. He said the State Government was patronising hooligans and criminals.
Later, at a sparsely attended rally on the Motijheel Ground, Singh appealed to the people to vote for Patni and other BJP candidates for the development of the city.
Lashing out at the CM, he said instead of wasting Rs 900 crore on Kanya Vidya Dhan Yojna and unemployment dole, the State Government should have created job opportunities in the State. “The youths are okay with the idea of dole as it puts their self-respect at stake,” Singh said.
Launching a scathing attack on the Congress for its dynastic politics, the BJP chief said only those from the Nehru-Gandhi lineage could reach the top position in the party. “In the BJP even simple worker like me can become the national president,” he said. He said this was reflected in making Ravindra Patni the party’s mayoral candidate.