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BJP's national executive a non-starter: Congress

It has accused Opposition of misusing Sonia's security issue to charge the UPA of failing to safeguard security.

india Updated: Dec 22, 2006 22:12 IST
Saroj Nagi

The Congress dubbed the Bharatiya Janata Party’s national executive in Lucknow as a "non-starter" and accused the Opposition party of misusing the issue of Sonia Gandhi’s security to falsely charge the UPA of failing to safeguard internal security.

"The security of VVIPs is regularly monitored," said Ashok Gehlot, AICC general secretary in charge of UP.

Gehlot saw a desperation in the BJP’s effort to make internal security an issue. According to him, after the Opposition party was pushed by its NDA allies into shelving its campaigns on the abolition of Article 370, that grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir, building a temple at Ayodhya and imposing a common civil code on the people, it would find it difficult to return to issues. "They have lost credibility with the people," he said.

The BJP’s national executive had lost its relevance, he alleged, noting that LK Advani’s claims of being a prime ministerial candidate was countered by his own colleagues who made it a point to mention that AB Vajpayee was also a nominee for the post. The whole exercise was, in any case, "ridiculous" since there was no vacancy for the post.

First Published: Dec 22, 2006 22:12 IST