Inflation, terrorism to dominate BJP’s Jaipur conclave

May 21st, 2008 - 12:12 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh
By Rajeev Ranjan Roy
New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders are set to take on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government on issues of internal security and inflation at the party’s conclave beginning May 30 in Jaipur - the site of serial terror blasts this month. Besides soaring food prices, with inflation touching a 42-month high of 7.83 percent, top on the agenda will also be unending terrorism for which the BJP blames the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) coalition.

Terrorism has come to the fore following the May 13 bombings in the Rajasthan capital that killed over 60 people and injured more than 200.

“Internal security has always been the BJP’s main concern. The terror strikes in Jaipur have simply reaffirmed our faith that the present central government is not able to rein in the merchants of death. They strike at will,” Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, BJP’s vice-president, told IANS.

“The issue of internal security will be prominently discussed in the national executive and council meeting. The party has decided to have a detailed discussion on the way terrorism is spreading in the country. Over 53,000 innocent Indians have fallen victim to terrorism in the past 10 years,” Naqvi said.

The party has, however, not yet decided to adopt a separate resolution on terrorism at the coming meeting. Such a resolution was given a miss at the Jan 27-29 meeting of the party’s national executive and national council in New Delhi.

The last time the party adopted a separate resolution on terrorism was at the September 2007 conclave held in Bhopal, where terrorism in India had been described as “a hydra-headed monster” and blamed on the UPA’s “soft” approach.

“It does not make any difference whether we have a separate resolution on terrorism or not. It can be a part of the political resolution along with inflation and other issues or the party may opt for a separate resolution,” Naqvi said.

“We still have time to decide such things; but we are not going to compromise with our deliberations on deteriorating internal security.”

Though a host of leaders will deliberate upon terrorism and price rise, the views of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate and Leader of Opposition L.K. Advani will set the party’s agenda.

“His views will veer around governance, development and security, encompassing all the key issues like inflation, weak security scenario, and corruption,” a senior party leader said.

Advani in his concluding remarks at the national council and national executive meet here had linked the party’s victory in Gujarat to good governance and development.

He had said: “What we stand for has been captured in the three commitments that have begun to gain currency especially after the BJP’s victory in Gujarat. These are good governance, development, and security.”

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