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UPA Govt should re-enact POTA, says Swamy

Swamy stressed that the government should cooperate with other countries in anti-terrorist intelligence operations.

india Updated: Jan 09, 2006 16:44 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Accusing the UPA of being soft on terrorists, Janata Party president SubramanianSwamy said that the Centre should re-enact POTA and seek foreign support on gathering counter-terror intelligence.

"The UPA government should immediately give up its disastrous appeasement of terrorists and formulate an effective counter-terrorism policy," he told reporters.

The latest attack in Bangalore was a clear indication of the Government's"soft approach towards terrorism", Swamy said, adding that such a policy was hurting the country's economy.

The government had admitted that all terrorist groups in the country were coordinating their activities. Hence it should re-enact the stringent anti-terror law POTA, he said.

Negotiations should not be conducted with terror groups prior to their surrender and the government should not be reluctant in seeking foreign support in fighting the menace.

"The government should reach an understanding with China and Israel to cooperate in anti-terrorist intelligence operations," the Janata Party leader said.

Meanwhile, speaking on Tamil Nadu assembly polls, he said that a third front to protect "Hindu values and pursue pro-people economic policies" would be formed before the election.

Expressing serious concern about the increasing number of rape cases in the country, he said that a law should be passed to punish the accused with castration.

He lashed out at the Dravidian parties for their "stupid decision" to agitate against Hindi. "The Dravidians have prevented brilliant Tamils from getting good jobs in other parts of India by banning Hindi teaching," he said.

First Published: Jan 09, 2006 16:44 IST