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Rajnath Singh criticises PM's terror warning

The Havana anti-terror strategem and UPA statements in Nainital have reversed the clock on counter-terror offensives, says Rajnath.

india Updated: Sep 24, 2006 17:11 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday, termed prime minister Manmohan Singh's warning of a terror strike as an "advance alibi" to protect his government's "inaction, incompetence and total capitulation" in the face of mounting terror attacks from across the border.

BJP chief Rajnath Singh said Manmohan Singh warning the country of more fidayeen and terror attacks on religious, economic and other sensitive targets was an advance alibi to protect the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government's inaction, incompetence and total capitulation in the face of mounting terror attacks from across the border.

Addressing the Congress chief ministers' conclave in Nainital, on Saturday, Manmohan Singh had warned the nation about further intensification of terrorist attacks and asked the states to tone up their intelligence machinery.

Also taking a strong exception to Congress president Sonia Gandhi's statement in Nainital that the anti-terrorist action should not polarise society, the BJP chief alleged that she was playing vote bank politics.

"It overrides the immense danger of frequent terror attacks destabilising the total nation."

"The acts and statements of the two top leaders of the UPA have only fuelled the bug of polarisation in an already fragile social harmony in the country," Rajnath Singh said.

The party also reiterated its criticism of the prime minister's move to resume peace dialogue with Pakistan.

"The Mumbai train blasts in July led to the suspension of talks and then suddenly coming up with a joint statement to create anti-terror mechanism and resume dialogues has reduced the gravity of the terror situation and internal security threats from across the border, making India look like a laughing stock before the world community."

Criticising the joint anti-terror mechanism proposed in the joint statement issued by Manmohan Singh and Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf in Havana on the sidelines of the Non-Alignment Movement (NAM) summit last week, the BJP chief said it was "nothing but begging for more terror attacks from Pakistan in future".

According to Rajnath Singh, the Havana announcement and the UPA leaders' statements in Nainital "have put the clock back on counter-terror offensive launched by the security forces within the country and on the borders".

First Published: Sep 24, 2006 17:11 IST