BJP seeks statement from PM on security front in Parliament
Claiming that country's internal and external security was under "serious crisis," BJP today asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to make a statement in the Parliament on the reported deployment of missiles by China along the international border with India.chandigarh Updated: Aug 29, 2010 18:19 IST
Claiming that country's internal and external security was under "serious crisis," BJP on Sunday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to make a statement in the Parliament on the reported deployment of missiles by China along the international border with India.
"A Pentagon report says that China had deployed missiles along the international border with India and Pakistan is also handing over certain areas of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) to China," BJP leader Rajnath Singh told reporters in Chandigarh.
"The PM must make a suo moto statement on the issue in Parliament tomorrow", Rajnath said, adding UPA government has no comprehensive action plan for internal and external security of the country which was under serious crisis.
"What China is up to in concern with India on security front, the PM must tell the factual position in the parliament tomorrow... the entire country and people are worried due to report by Pentagon," the former BJP national president said.
Opposing special status to Jammu and Kashmir as per the Constitution, Rajnath demanded that Article 370 must be abrogated.
"Jammu and Kashmir should not get autonomy...US is pressurising India for more autonomy to J and K, but this should not happen at any cost...Article 370 must be scrapped. Jammu and Kashmir must get same status as is being granted to other states of the country," he said.
Rajnath said BJP was of the firm opinion that till Jammu and Kashmir had special status there would be no permanent solution to problems in that state.
The former BJP chief the Centre was not following the unanimous decision of the Parliament to take control of POK at all cost. "In fact, Pakistan is handing over certain areas of POK to China," he claimed.
Taking strong exception to the recent term "saffron terrorism" used by Home Minister P Chidambaram Rajnath said, "Saffron is a symbol of devotion, dedication, service and sacrifice, but the Home minister is linking the colour to terrorism... the tri-colour too has saffron colour what does the PM and Home Minister think about it."
He said the PM even the President should take cognisance of BJP's protest against the use of the term by Chidambaram and added that BJP had never said it was Islamic terrorism.
Rajnath also lashed out at the Centre for "misusing" CBI and said, "misuse of constitutional organisations by the government at the Centre is not good for the healthy democracy."
He also ruled out reshuffle in portfolios of some BJP ministers in Parkash Singh Badal cabinet and added the alliance between Akali Dal and BJP was "natural" and there are no differences between the two partners in Punjab.
First Published: Aug 29, 2010 18:17 IST