National President of BJP, Nitin Gadkari on Sunday accused UPA government of appeasing terrorists for vote bank politics and cautioned that soft approach towards the terrorists and naxals was fraught with dangerous consequences.
"The internal and external security of the country is in danger. There is an atmosphere of fear in the country because of terrorist attacks..But the congress led government at the centre does not fight terrorism. It is rather bowing down to terrorists and naxalites," Gadkari said at a Nyaya rally organised by the ruling BJP in Himachal Pradesh at Shimla.
The rally, which was organized against centre's injustice to the hill state on several issues, saw a mammoth turn out from entire Himachal. And a tumultuous welcome to the BJP President on his first address to party men in the state.
He said the UPA government had still not executed the death sentence of Afzal Guru, and the BJP had a apprehension that Azmal Kasab may never be hanged.
"Should the government play such games with terrorists, just to use terrorism for vote bank. Has the meaning of secular has now been reduced to appeasement of terrorists? The Congress must understand that the terrorists, inspired by Laskar- e- Toiba, ISI or Al Kaida and are destabilizing the country do not have any religion, caste or creed. They are criminals and have to dealt with strictly," he said.
Making a reference to alleged intrusions made by China along Indo-China border, Gadkari claimed that China had made encroachments on Indian Territory at 147 places. But the central government was so helpless that it has only put banners, requesting the Chinese to vacate the area.
The BJP President said naxalites were active from Pashupathinath to Tirupati, but the Congress led government lacked the will to end naxal menace.
Gadkari said there had always been an attempt to label BJP as anti-muslims.
"The BJP is not against any caste, creed or religion. We do not believe in dividing the nation on caste creed or religion. Had it not been so, the former prime minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee would not have picked up Dr Abdul Kalam for the highest post of President of India. But BJP is against terrorism and terrorists," he held.
Launching a frontal attack on the Congress leaders and UPA government for price rise, Gadkari said the wrong economic policies and bad governance were responsible for inflation and price rise. He said different congress leaders, including Congress President, Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh and Home Minister, P.Chidambaram have come out with explanations on rising prices, but have failed to intervene in the interest of common man.
"The common man is suffering. The rich is getting richer, and the poor man, poorer. The Congress policies over the decades have revolved around garibi hatao. Par kya hua? (But what happened?) Desh sey garib hi hat raha hai (It's the poor man who is suffering day by day)," he said.
He said the centre can not do injustice to Himachal or any other state, only because its ruled by BJP.
Gadkari tries to touch common chord.
Elated with the enthusiastic and huge crowds at the rally, Nitin Gadkari tried to touch the common chord as soon as he began speech. He said it was only in a democratic party like BJP that a ``ordinary party worker like me, who used to paste posters and distribute voting cards to people in elections, can dream of becoming party president.
But in Congress party, even leaders like Manmohan Singh to Pranab Mukherjee, P. Chidambaram or any other leader can never think of becoming Congress President.
Because..the post of President in booked in advance in Congress party… From Jawahar Lal Nehru, then Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi… then Rahul Gandhi.. and then his kids. Its all decided.''
This left the party men at the rally so happy, that they suddenly switched from sloganeering in favour of leaders to "Karyakarta zindabad."