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BJP, Sangh Parivar flay Nagpur terror attempt

Atal Bihari Vajpayee has appealed to everyone to remain alert, a close aide said.

india Updated: Jun 01, 2006 10:21 IST

Condemning the terroist attempt to strike at its headqurates in Nagpur, the RSS on Thursday asked its cadres across the country to remain calm while the BJP said the UPA must realise that terrorists cannot be fought with kidgloves.

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee also condemned the terrorist bid on the RSS headquarters. He has appealed to everyone to remain alert, a close aide said.

"Jihadi forces have become bold enough to attempt to attack the RSS headquarters. It is heartening that police have been successful in thwarting their designs. The attempt highlights the need for all our activists to be more alert and cautious.

"There is no need to panic and they should remain calm and take necessary steps for the security of our offices across the country," Sangh national executive member Ram Madhav informed over phone from Hyderabad.

He said that over the years all Hindu centres of respect and reverence were coming under the attack of the terrorists.

"Ayodhya, Varanasi, festivals like Holi and Deepavali were the targets of the Jihadi terrorists and now they are emboldened to attack the RSS headquarters. It's a matter of grave concern and we expect the government to take firm steps to ensure the safety of common Hindus," he said.

Terming the terrorist bid as "highly reprehensible", BJP general secretary and spokesman Arun Jaitley told PTI from Mumbai: "This is a militant attack on the nerve-centre of Indian patriotism. This attack is a grim reminder that terrorism has raised its ugly head in the country once again."

First Published: Jun 01, 2006 10:21 IST