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Blasts: Choose India or votes, says BJP

By Syed Amin Jafri in Hyderabad
July 14, 2006 18:27 IST
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Holding Pakistan directly responsible for Mumbai serial blasts, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday asked the United Progressive Alliance government to adopt a two-pronged strategy to deal with Pakistan- sponsored terrorism in the country.

The BJP decided to launch a two-day campaign against Mumbai serial blasts on July 15 and 16 across the country. BJP senior leaders would participate in the campaign and submit memorandum to President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam through state governors, BJP Members of Parliament and former party president M Venkaiah Naidu said.

The campaign would have two slogans 'Choose India or votes' and 'Govern or get out,' he added.

Speaking to media persons in Hyderabad, Naidu asked the UPA to change its mindset and not to link the vote bank politics with terrorism. "Time has come for India to categorically convey to Pakistan to dismantle the terrorists camp functioning on its soil and stop encouragement to terrorist activity in our country," he observed.

Naidu asked the UPA to initiate steps in mobilising international opinion against Pakistan over its evil design of ISI-sponsored terrorism in the country and building international pressure for dismantling it.

"The UPA, with courage and conviction, should dismantle the terrorist infrastructure within India. The jihadis have now domestic manufacturing facilities available in the country and the internal security operators have become dysfunctional," he said.

Holding Pakistan directly responsible for Tuesday's Mumbai serial blasts, he said that no inquiry was needed to know the involvement of Pakistan and its sponsored organisations such as Lashkar-e-Tayiba and SIMI, etc. "All such activity is guided and funded by ISI and nobody in the country has any doubt about this," he added.

"It is clear that it is undeclared war by Pakistani-sponsored terrorists with larger evil design to destabilise the country and these attacks are not isolated incidents but part of this sinister strategy," Naidu remarked.

Surprised over Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav's statement giving clean chit to SIMI, he said that "many constituents in the ruling (UPA) alliance are also shy to speak about SIMI. It is the time to adopt stringent laws to deal with special situations."

He alleged that the UPA has no political will to curb the terrorist menace. He stated that time has come to take harsh decisions like conducting house-to-house searches across the country since India cannot afford any more lethargy.

Referring to the blast at the city police task force office in Hyderabad last year, he said that without local support all such incidents could not take place.

Strongly reacting to United States President George W Bush's statement advocating one-to-one talks between India and Pakistan, Naidu asked why don't Bush and former Iraq President Saddam Hussein have talks and why doesn't Bush have a similar strategy for other countries where it is engaged in conflict.

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Syed Amin Jafri in Hyderabad