Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said there was a serious threat to disturb the elections through militant incursions and admitted his government had failed to ward off terror attacks.
"There is a serious threat. There is no doubt that terrorists have not given up the evil design to destabilise our country to interfere with the poll process. The successful poll process in Jammu and Kashmir has not been liked by some forces abroad," Manmohan Singh said during an interaction with women journalists.
"Every effort is being made to disrupt the poll process through infiltration. We are alert and have to be alert to deal with the menace," he said.
Referring to the terror attacks that occurred in the country in the past few years, Manmohan Singh said: "Let me be candid. We have not been successful in warding off terrorist attacks. This requires greater attention."
"Under the new home minister, we have come out with a new document - which sets out our strategy. There is no way but to strengthen intelligence, state police forces and to strengthen our ability to deal with these terrorist attacks, to ensure that the fallout is minimal," the prime minister said.
"You must remember India is country of one billion people. I cannot discuss in public how the US deals with terrorism. And we cannot use the draconian ways that America deals with the issue of terrorism," he added.