NDA trying to dilute fight against terror: Congress

January 7th, 2009 - 8:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Narendra ModiNew Delhi, Jan 7 (IANS) The Congress party Wednesday said the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is trying to dilute and fragment the united war against terror by opposing the formation of a federal agency to fight terror.“The Congress party would like to remind Narendra Modi and other chief ministers of NDA that by opposing the formation of a federal agency they are diluting and fragmenting the fight against terror,” Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Congress spokesperson told reporters.

Seven of the nine NDA chief ministers, who attended the meeting on internal security convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Tuesday said the new law would serve little purpose and that the states should have been consulted ahead of formulating the National Investigation Agency (NIA) Act.

They said the proposed amendment to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act lacked teeth and was formulated in a hurry.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was most vociferous in his criticism.

Modi said: “The bill lacks certain most important aspects as it by nature is reactive and not pro-active.”

Singhvi said such divisions in the fight against terror would help Pakistan indirectly.

He also accused the NDA of having double standards on the formation of a federal agency to fight terror.

“On the one hand, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wants strong federal steps against terror… and when such steps are taken Modi and others oppose it. This is nothing but speaking in two voices which shows their opportunism and hypocrisy,” Singhvi said.

On whether the announcement by Petroleum Minister Murli Deora to bring down fuel prices in the near future is taken in view of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Singhvi said: “In the past, petroleum prices went up because prices of crude went up. Now, the prices are being reduced because crude oil prices are going down….”

“We will try to reduce the prices of petrol and diesel in the next 2-3 weeks,” Minister Deora told reporters at the AICC headquarters Wednesday.

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