Advani snubs Jaswant on Op Parakram
The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate LK Advani has clarified that the NDA would pursue a “muscular” foreign policy that “will ensure no body messes around” with India.
This comes after senior party leader Jaswant Singh’s comment that there were differences of opinion in the NDA regarding Operation Parakram — the troop build-up on the Indo-Pakistan border after the 2001 Parliament attack. The statement caused discontent among the BJP.
Singh’s comment followed External Affairs Mukherjee’s statement in Parliament that the government had forced Pakistan to admit that its citizens were involved in the 26/11 attacks “without mobilizing a single solider”. This was seen as an obvious reference to Operation Parakaram.
Advani, who held an interaction with diplomatic experts, also said “we will highlight the UPA’s failures, among other things, in foreign policy in our campaign for Lok Sabha polls” to indicate that the BJP would not let the UPA gloat over its recent success in getting Pakistan to admit of its citizens’ involvement.
Defending the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government’s decision to amass troops along the border, BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said: “Even though I was neither Minister for Defence or External Affairs, I fully defend the decision (of the Vajpayee government).”
Sinha was deputed by Advani to brief the media, after the interaction at his residence, where Singh was absent.
He said “In fact, subsequent diplomatic successes of January of 2004 and 2006 (when Pakistan agreed not to allow use of its soil by terror groups during visits by Prime Ministers Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh) would not have happened but for Operation Parakram. Even Jaswant Singh is not disowning it.”
Explaining Advani’s line of approach, which was in contrast to Singh’s view, Sinha said, “When we say a muscular approach, we do not mean war mongering. But that we must have a foreign policy that will say India cannot be pushed around or taken for granted by any country. If anyone does, India will respond in kind.”
The Pargaon-Dungi villages located on the outskirts of the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport site have, for the fifth consecutive year, been flooded following incessant rains in the region. The villagers blame land filling at the airport site and lament that despite CIDCO's claims of pre-monsoon measures being taken every year, there is little change on the ground during the monsoon.
A 35-year-old labourer kidnapped his employer's 11-year-old son for non-payment of his wages of ₹8,000. After kidnapping the boy, the accused, Saibuddin Alam, demanded a ransom of ₹30,000 from his employer. The Panvel City police rescued the boy from Bhiwandi with the help of Narpoli Police and arrested Alam. The complainant, Sahidul Sajjad Ali Rehman transferred ₹4,000 to an account number that Alam provided. Rehman then approached Panvel City police station and registered an FIR.
A man who was facing charges in an acid attack case ended Kumar's life by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at a hotel near the Amar Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar interstate bus terminal on Tuesday. The deceased has been identified as Avinash Kumar alias Kali, 50, of Dayalpur village. A case under Section 326 of IPC had been lodged against him on June 22.
Cracks on the newly-built yet-to-be-commissioned approach road leading to the ₹111Cr Nerul Jetty have raised doubts on the quality of construction work done by the CIDCO. The 650m flyover is still not operational. However, the area is frequented by morning walkers who observed these cracks. CIDCO, however, said the cracks were not a major concern. Private structural consultants, however, differ with CIDCO and have expressed concern after seeing photographs taken just three days apart.
MIA sources here said both the flights landed in Bengaluru and took off for Mangaluru later. The flight from Dubai was scheduled to land in Mangaluru at 4.40 am, but was diverted to Bengaluru and landed in Mangaluru only at 8.49 am. The flight from Dammam was scheduled to land in Mangaluru at 5.05 am. The Bahrain-Kannur-Mangaluru plane will also be delayed, the sources said. The Mangaluru to Dubai flight was also delayed.