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Don't politicise Ayodhya attack: UPA

BJP's VK Malhotra had charged Govt with "going slow" in countering terror.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 04, 2005 08:07 PM IST

Members of ruling UPA and its supporting parties in Lok Sabha on Thursday asked BJP not to "politicise" the terrorist attack in Ayodhya, asserting terrorism could only be fought by strengthening unity and harmony among the people.

Participating in a special discussion on terrorist strikes in the country including in Ayodhya, members from the treasury benches and their supporting parties like the Left and Samajwadi Party said the people had not supported BJP and Sangh Parivar's "attempts to gain political mileage" out of the July 5 Ayodhya attack by calling for an agitation.

Initiating the debate, BJP leader VK Malhotra charged the government with "going slow" in countering terrorism and referred to recent terror attacks in Ayodhya and Srinagar.

He condemned the repeal of POTA and wanted to know what talks New Delhi has held with Islamabad to check cross-border terrorism as Islamabad had not taken any concrete action to dismantle the terror infrastructure on its soil.

Alleging that there was "intelligence encirclement" of India through the growing number of madrassas, he said the government was not taking any action on the matter even when provinces in Pakistan like Sindh were asking foreigners to leave the madrassas.

Malhotra charged Congress with reviving terrorism in Punjab and compromising with Naxalites in Andhra Pradesh.

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