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BJP accuses UPA of failure to put down terrorism

From R. Vasudevan—Reporting from New Delhi
New Delhi, 03 March (

The BJP, which has been opposing NCTC, on Saturday accused the Congress-led UPA government of failing to provide leadership in fighting terror and asked it to bring in a strong anti-terror law if it was serious on the issue.

"The Congress-led UPA is not providing the leadership to fight terrorism. We cannot win over the fight against terror under UPA," BJP President Rajnath Singh said in his inaugural address at the National Council meet, where he condoled the loss of lives in the recent bomb blasts in Hyderabad.

Claiming that the proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre was against the country’s federal structure, he said BJP was not against any laws to shore up internal security but will not accept anything that "poses a question mark on the nation’s federal structure".

"If the government brings a law to fight terror, BJP will support it," he said.

"If the government is so serious on the issue of terrorism that it wants to make an anti-terrorism institution like NCTC at central level then why it is not keen on enacting an anti-terrorism law at the Centre," the BJP chief questioned.

He said the one-sided effort which the UPA government made for friendship despite not getting expected help from Pakistan projected the image of India as a 'soft State'.

"As long as the government does not take a tough stand against terrorism, the terrorists with their emboldened spirit would keep targeting cities, trains, buses and other important institutions," Singh said.

The BJP also hit out at Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde for his 'Hindu terror' remarks, saying they were made under a 'pre-planned conspiracy'. "The remarks were made not by mistake but under a well-planned conspiracy," Singh said and accused the Congress of indulging in vote bank politics for the last over six decades.

Shinde had later expressed regret over his remarks linking BJP and RSS to terrorism, which he had made during an AICC meet in Jaipur in January, after strong objections from these organisations. The opposition party also hit out at the ruling dispensation over corruption in the wake of the VVIP helicopter scam and price rise.

BJP chief cheers Modi

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi projected by many within the BJP as the next prime ministerial candidate, on Saturday grabbed the limelight at the national council meet with party president Rajnath Singh lauding him for three consecutive victories in assembly polls.

Modi's popularity among the BJP office bearers from across the country, who have gathered here for the conclave, was apparent with the crowd breaking into applause each time his name was mentioned.

Though the main task before this national council is the ratification of Rajnath Singh's presidentship and no announcement of a national role for Modi is in the offing, the Gujarat strongman was the star of the meet.

Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel set the stage when he announced that it appears as if not Manmohan Singh but Modi is the Prime Minister of the country.

At the beginning of his 95-minute long inaugural speech, Rajnath Singh accorded a special welcome to Modi by asking the 2,200-strong crowd to give him a standing ovation for his third consecutive assembly election victory, which is unprecedented for any BJP chief minister. "He has made a hat-trick. We were delighted to hear about his victory. We had never seen a BJP chief minister win three consecutive terms. His development model has been lauded by all, even at the international forum. Be it the US or the European Union all have praised his good governance," Singh said.

"It won't be proper to welcome Modi with mere words. He deserves a good round of applause, a standing ovation," the BJP president said. He garlanded Modi amid slogan shouting by enthusiastic party members.
The party top brass, comprising of central leaders as well as chief ministers seated on the dais, were on their feet and and clapped for Modi.

Though Rajnath Singh tried a balancing act towards the end of his speech by praising other chief ministers, Modi appeared to be the favourite with the crowd.

- Asian Tribune -

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