FORMER PRIME Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today strongly condemned the Congress-led UPA Government for ‘its confused policy on tackling terrorism.’
He regretted that the UPA Government was not clear about its approach towards Pakistan which was aiding and abetting various terrorist outfits and had flatly refused to handover dreaded extremists who had taken shelter there.
The UPA Government, he said, had failed to give a clear and loud message to Pakistan on terrorism.
Talking to reporters at the Mall Avenue residence of BJP Legislature Party leader Lalji Tandon here on Friday, Vajpayee said Pakistan was taking every possible advantage of India’s weak handling of the situation. The UPA Government had not been able to decide whether it should continue talks with Pakistan or not, he said adding the present Indo-Pak relations were not as they ought to be.
On the foreign policy of the UPA Government, Vajpayee said some time must be given to the new foreign minister before commenting on it. He expressed his surprise that the UPA Government had so far not come out even with a clarification over the unprecedented rise in the prices of essential comodities.
Vajpayee categorically denied that he was a prime ministerial candidate of the NDA or the BJP. He also accused the media for blowing the so-called infighting within the BJP out of proportion.
Reacting to BJP national president Rajnath Singh’s statement that the mid-term Lok Sabha elections could be held anytime, the former prime minister said ‘Hamare Adyakh Ne Kaha Hai To Theek Hi Kaha Hoga’. He said the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh was far from being satisfactory and people were living under constant fear and threat.
The former prime minister voiced serious concern on the reported starvation deaths and suicide by farmers in Bundelkhand and said the BJP had been raising the issue of Bundelkhand farmers but to no avail. He underlined the need for immediate steps to improve the situation in the region.
Later, addressing to a group of the BJP workers, Vajpayee asked them to pull up their socks for the civic poll and then for the coming Vidhan Sabha election. He urged them to sink differences and work devotedly under the party banner.