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Naidu: PM soft on terrorism

SENIOR BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday took a dig at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the Centre?s policy on terrorism, saying that the PM?s policy was ?condolence for the dead and compensation for survivors?.

india Updated: Jan 11, 2007 15:02 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent

SENIOR BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday took a dig at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the Centre’s policy on terrorism, saying that the PM’s policy was ‘condolence for the dead and compensation for survivors’.

Talking to media here, Naidu said the experience from the 30-month rule of the UPA at the Centre was that the government’s policy on tackling terrorism lacked vision and clarity. The government had miserably failed on internal security front. Recent massacre in Assam was a glaring example of the same, he added.

Naidu said after Mumbai train blasts the Prime Minister had said that there was no meaning of having dialogue with Pakistan until the cross-border terrorism stopped. But the PM had now backtracked as talks between the two countries were to be resumed.

He said that unfortunately the UPA compromised with internal security for the sake of vote bank. Even the Congress-ruled states like Maharashtra were in favour of a stringent law like POTA to curb terrorism. The IPC and CrPC were not adequate to curb terrorism.

But the Centre was hardly concerned over the menace despite the fact the terrorists were hitting the country at its nerve centres like Ayodhya, Kashi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Coimbatore and Nagpur, he added.

Naidu said the country was facing an extraordinary situation and extraordinary situation always demanded extraordinary laws. Linking every subject with any religion was not good as suggested the government’s approach on Vande Matram, Sachar Committee report, and Supreme Court’s judgment on Mohammed Afzal, he added.

In reply to a question he said the Congress’s approach on Nithari issue suggested its double standards. The Congress demanded President’s Rule in Uttar Pradesh but it continued its support to Samajwadi Party government in the state. Likewise, the Samajwadi Party continued its support to the Congress at the Centre.

On Singur issue he said the CPM was exposed on the issue for its duplicity and double standards. In reply to a related question he said the BJP was in favour of special economic zones. This concept was introduced and implemented by the then NDA government. But the new rules regarding permission for setting up SEZs were not in the interest of the society. He said the BJP was not in favour of irrigated land being acquired for private industries.

However, in reply to the next question on protest against acquisition of land for auto-testing track in Dhar district he said this was not a private project. It was a public undertakings project and also the state government would give adequate compensation package to the farmers.

He said the Congress’s opposition to Madhya Pradesh’s Religious Conversion (Amendment) Bill was a mere political gimmick because a similar bill was passed in Himachal Pradesh.

Naidu said there was no need to refer the bill (by the Governor) to the President. Referring of the bill was nothing but politics, he remarked.

He said the BJP was in favour of President’ Rule in Uttar Pradesh because the state government was misusing government machinery.

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