Pakistan must be taught a lesson in a way it understands, says Modi
Accusing the UPA government of handling Pakistan with kid gloves post 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that the neighbouring country must be taught a lesson in a language it understands.Updated: Feb 26, 2009 01:21 IST
Accusing the UPA government of handling Pakistan with kid gloves post 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that the neighbouring country must be taught a lesson in a language it understands.
“Unless you reply to Pakistan in the language it understands, terrorism will not be wiped out from this country and the UPA is incapable of doing this,” Modi said, addressing a public meeting in Pimpalgaon, about 22 km from Nashik, as part of Maharashtra BJP’s ‘Parivartan Abhiyan´ in the run up to the Lok Sabha elections.
Modi said the 26/11 happened because of the UPA’s “ineffectiveness”. The government compromised on national security because of their vote bank politics, he added.
He said, “26/11 was a war on India, but our government sends letters to Pakistan and Pakistan has the audacity to respond with 30 questions.”
“Give me those questions and I will teach the government how to respond,” he said.
Modi also took strong objection to the Centre accepting Pakistan’s questions in response to the 26/11 dossier.
Questioning Manmohan Singh’s leadership capabilities, he said not a single Congressman in the country says that Manmohan Singh is their leader.
“They take somebody else’s name. Have you seen such a situation where the PM of the country is not accepted as the leader by his own party. How can he run the country?” he asked.
BJP was the only cadre based party which has leaders who have come from the grass roots and not like other parties were caste and family rule the roost.
Taking a dig at Congress, he said there are some parties that have mortgaged themselves to a particular family.
“Can such parties strengthen our democracy?” he asked.
“Leaders like Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and many others whom I do not wish to name are in politics because their fathers held important positions earlier, but BJP leaders Gopinath Munde and Nitin Gadkari have risen from the ranks,” Modi, who is in charge of Maharashtra BJP campaign for LS elections, said.
L K Advani was most capable person to lead the country, Modi said.
First Published: Feb 25, 2009 23:20 IST