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Deal strictly with Pak: Rajnath to UPA

BJP chief says UPA govt should learn from NDA's mistakes in dealing with Pak, reports Sanjeev Shivadekar.

india Updated: Nov 10, 2006 23:19 IST

BJP President Rajnath Singh on Friday advised the Congress led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government to learn from the mistakes committed by its predecessor BJP led government and deal strictly with Pakistan.

"During the BJP led NDA government's tenure, it had cordial relationship with Pakistan, but in return it got gaddari (treachery) and had to face the Kargil war. UPA should learn from our mistakes and deal strictly with the neighbouring country," Singh said while talking to the media after inaugurating a three-day training session for ministers from BJP ruled States. The session is being held at Rambhau Mhalagi Prabodhini at Uttan, 45 kilometers west of Mumbai.

The BJP led NDA government had taken several steps including the Delhi-Lahore bus service and dialogue between Pakistani President Parvez Mushraff and then prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. However, first Pakistan trying to capture the Kargil area on Kashmir border and later continued to encourage terrorist activities in India.

Singh accusing the Centre of its failure to curb terrorism and then advised that the UPA government should diplomatically deal terrorism issue in such a way that Pakistan by default comes under the international watch.

The BJP also warned the Centre against allowing reservations on the basis of religion.

"BJP will fight against the religion based reservation on the streets and in Parliament." He further insisted that SC/ST's should be given reservation in minority institutes.

Rajnath gives tips on management

The three-day training session of BJP ministers from nine states began with party chief Rajnath Singh advising them on time management and good governance.

He asked party ministers to distance themselves from corruption allegations since the public image of politicians was not good. Besides this, Singh also told party ministers on maintaining cordial relations with grass root workers as well as bureaucrats.

"While picking your bureaucrats, don't go by your personal relations with them. Consider their merit so that your government can perform well, "he insisted.

Late party leader Pramod Mahajan's wife Rekha Mahajan made a point to attend the session alongwith BJP's Maharashtra leader Gopinath Munde who is now heading the Rambhau Mhalagi Prabodhini after Mahajan. State BJP Chief Nitin Gadkari, however, chose not to attend the session on its first day.

First Published: Nov 10, 2006 22:40 IST