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Terror & talks cannot go together: Joshi

lucknow Updated: Feb 14, 2010 21:25 IST
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Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi has attacked the UPA government for a "weak" Kashmir policy and blamed that "intelligence failure" of Maharashtra government and the central government led to terror attack in Pune on Saturday.

He also said, 'terror and talks' cannot go on simultaneously and urged the UPA government to come clean on is Kashmir policy.

BJP president Nitin Gadkari who was to come to Lucknow on Sunday cancelled his plans at the last minute and air dashed to Pune, he said.

Joshi, the BJP MP from Varanasi was in Lucknow to take part in the wedding of party MP Kalraj Mishra's son.

He slammed the government for its recent decision to "welcome" youths from Pak Occupied Kashmir (PoK) and demanded that the government should take the Parliament in confidence on the Kashmir issue. "We believe that the government has by passed the Parliament and changed its Kashmir policy on the sly. We want to know why the policy has been changed," he said.

On being told that senior BJP leader Arun Shourie had praised the union home minister P Chidambaram, he said, "When he was taking the right steps, we praised him. But, we won't praise him all the time for all the things."

On the Shiv-Sena-BJP standoff on the Mumbai-for-Marathis issue, he said, "We differ with the Shiv Sena on it as we believe that all Indians have full freedom to go anywhere in the country. The Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh (RSS) has even offered to provide security to those who feel insecure.

Though he said that the language and regionalism cannot be the basis for division, he was evasive when asked if the BJP-Shiv Sena ties were strained after the Mumbai-for-Marathis alone issue.

When reminded that the BJP national general secretary Vinay Katiyar had demanded that the party should snap its ties with the Shiv Sena, he said, "His views too would be considered but at this moment there is no cause for reviewing the ties. We have made our differences with the Shiv Sena very clear on this."