In view of the recent serial blasts in Mumbai, Opposition parties demanded the enactment of stringent acts such as the now-defunct Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) at the all-party meet convened by chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Friday.
Chavan had held the meet to brief all the political parties on the probe on the blasts and garner support to fight the menace.
“Let the state enact laws such as TADA and we would support it whole-heartedly. The time has come to adopt a zero-tolerance approach towards terror,” said Eknath Khadse, BJP leader who heads the opposition in the state assembly. He added that the opposition will refrain from politicising the issue.
Seconding the views, Shiv Sena demanded combing operations by the state government in all sensitive parts of the city. “The time has come to make some hard decisions,” said Sena leader Eknath Shinde.
He added that Pakistani terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab should be hanged immediately to teach a lesson to the terror outfits who take advantage of the lenient legal system.
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) too supported the demand. “We demand action and transparency from the government. We will support the fight against terror to the hilt,” said MNS legislator Bala Nandgaonkar.
Though the opponents have been strongly advocating the stringent acts that give immense power to the police department to tackle crime, the Congress-led government, however, has been against the acts citing misuse by authorities, especially against minorities, as the reason.
On being quizzed about the demand, chief minister Chavan brushed aside the issue. “They just gave their suggestions,” said Chavan refusing to elaborate further.
In the meeting that lasted over two hours, home minister RR Patil apprised the delegates on the progress of the probe and also on the various plans to upgrade security.
He assured that all steps would be taken to expose the culprits and provide relief to the victims. Patil assured that the views of the opposition parties would also be considered on the whole issue.