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UPA weak in fighting terror due to vote politics: BJP

The BJP accused the UPA government of being weak in fighting terrorism due to its vote bank politics and also sought clarity on how it will deal with Pakistan following the Mumbai terror attacks.

india Updated: Dec 30, 2008 18:43 IST

The BJP on Tuesday accused the UPA government of being weak in fighting terrorism due to its vote bank politics and also sought clarity on how it will deal with Pakistan following the Mumbai terror attacks.

The saffron party asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to clearly state how his government intended to deal with Pakistan in the wake of its links with the Mumbai terror attacks emerging. "The people of India have a right to know this," it said.

"The Union government did a good thing by bringing in anti-terror bills after years of repealing POTA...But its fight against terrorism is weak because of continued practice of vote bank politics," BJP's prime ministerial candidate LK Advani said addressing the "Vijay Sankalp rally" at ridge maidan here on completion of one year of the BJP government in Himachal Pradesh.

In a lighter vein, he said the "UPA government took a U-turn by bringing in an anti-terror law by realising its mistake of repealing a tough law like POTA, but when will it take a U-turn on vote-bank politics".

Advani referred to the government's failure to execute Afzal Guru and initiate action against lakhs of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants.

"Despite a clear-cut verdict of the Supreme Court on the two issues why Manmohan Singh government is not acting on them? How can you (UPA govt) fight terrorism practicing vote-bank politics?" he questioned.

Advani said after the terror attacks in Mumbai, the UPA government has been sending confusing signals both to people and the international community. "Those at responsible positions in government and Congress are talking in different tongues often contradicting each other."