Advani’s ‘muscular foreign policy’ remark effect of gymnasium: Congress

February 24th, 2009 - 10:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyNew Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Taking a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate L.K. Advani, the Congress party Tuesday described his statement that the NDA would if elected to power pursue a “muscular foreign policy”, as an effect of his recent visit to the gymnasium and similar to the terms used by the Nazi during World War II.
“The use of terms like ‘muscular foreign policy’ are the effect of his visit to the gymnasium (in Ahmedabad last week). Such terms were used by the Nazi rulers during World War II,” Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters here.

Advani on Monday said that if the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is elected to power it would pursue a “muscular foreign policy” that would preserve the country’s autonomy and secure its interests in the neighbourhood.

Attacking Advani, Tewari said that the BJP leader used to talk of ‘hot pursuit’ in foreign policies, however, all this became cold when he was home minister and the Kandahar hijacking happened in 1999.

An Indian plane, IC 814, that was flying from Kathmandu to Delhi was hijacked by Pakistani nationals on Dec 24, 1999, and taken to Kandahar.

Tewari also said that during the NDA regime no one knew whether the foreign policy was formed in Delhi or in Nagpur (the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh headquarter).

Describing the success of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) in foreign affairs, Tewari said: “The foreign policies of the UPA government are based on strategic alliances and the biggest success has been the Indo-US nuclear deal. Also, the acceptance by Pakistan that the Mumbai terror attack was planned on its soil shows the success of our diplomacy.”

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