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VP opposes, proposes security beef-up

india Updated: Jul 18, 2006 01:40 IST

bullet-proofing of Ram lalla

FORMER PRIME Minister VP Singh on Monday opposed a plan to make bulletproof the sanctum sanctorum at the disputed site in Ayodhya.

Singh told newspersons that instead of erecting ‘bulletproof walls’, the authorities should lay stress on beefing up security and strengthening intelligence. He pointed out that both the Central and the State Governments were responsible for security.

He said no walls were raised around prominent places after terrorist attacks elsewhere in the world. “Wall protection is a useless plan,” Singh said. The former PM turned to political issues and ruled out the possibility of an alliance with the Congress.

“It is now houseful,” Singh said about his Jan Morcha Alliance (JMA). He added that some JMA partners were against the Congress and he would not let them down.

Referring to charges against the Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) in connection with the Mumbai serial blasts, Singh said people should wait for the investigation report in the matter.

He said the State Government had claimed the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) had a hand in the Varanasi blasts of March 7, but could not prove it. He said action should be taken on the basis of evidence.

Singh said the reaction to explosions in Mumbai and Varanasi had demonstrated that anti-national forces had failed to whip up communal passions.

He announced he would lead the Dadri march on August 17 and criticised the State Government for letting loose a reign of terror against farmers.

He said prime land was allotted to big business houses in Varanasi, Agra, Moradabad, Mathura and Lucknow. A stir would be launched on the issue, he added.

However, he refused to comment on Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav’s statement against him. Singh said he did not want to divert the people’s attention from Dadri and other issues by resorting to personal vendetta. He said the chief minister’s accusations against him were aimed at diverting attention from the main fight.

He also expressed concern over what he called the Mafiosi raj in the State. Singh said the law and order situation was deteriorating fast.