CM turns down demand for CBI probe
CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav today turned down the opposition demand for a CBI inquiry into the terrorist attack on the Sankat Mochan Temple in Varanasi.Updated: Mar 10, 2006 01:54 IST
CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav today turned down the opposition demand for a CBI inquiry into the terrorist attack on the Sankat Mochan Temple in Varanasi.
He urged political parties not to term the incident a law and order problem.
He praised the STF for gunning down a hardcore, ISI-trained terrorist a few hours after the Varanasi attack and said countries like the USA and UK were not able to avert terrorist attacks despite having prior information. There was no example in the world where a terrorist was shot within hours of the incident, he claimed.
The Chief Minister regretted that some political parties were trying to cash in on the terrorist attack for political gains and urged the entire Opposition to join hands in his fight against terrorism as the country, its unity and integrity were supreme. He, however, admitted that there was prior information about the possible attack and claimed that adequate precautionary measures were taken but at the same time clarified that nobody could guarantee against terrorist attacks.
Replying to a debate on the Varanasi terrorist attack, the Chief Minister said he was pained to see that no political party came forward to say that it was with the Government in the time of crisis to fight against terrorism but everybody joined hands in condemning him and his Government as if he was responsible for the attack.
Mulayam Singh Yadav said some people tried to give a communal colour to the Varanasi incident while terrorism was a national issue and could not be countered without the help of one and all.
Before the debate began, the Chief Minister read out a statement on the Varanasi incident and appreciated the role of religious leaders who gave him an assurance of maintaining peace. He thanked the UPA chairperson for assuring all help from the Centre and called upon members of the House to dissolve political differences to deal with terrorism.
Earlier, initiating the debate, leader of opposition Lalji Tandon said it should be investigated why no senior officers were present in the city when the incident took place and warned the Government against increasing Naxalite activities, Maoism, and terrorist activities.
Leader of the BSP Legislature Party Swami Prasad Maurya said no arrest had so far been made, while people were insecure and the Government had failed to check terrorism. Emphasising adequate precautionary measures, Maurya accused the BJP of being hand in glove with the Samajwadi Party to give a communal colour to the incident for political gains.
Pramod Tiwari (Congress) demanded that officers who left Varanasi to junior officers, must be taken to task and urged all political parties to join hands in the war against terrorism.
First Published: Mar 10, 2006 01:54 IST