UPA hurting majority sentiments, soft on terror: ModiSeptember 13th, 2008 - 6:30 pm ICT by IANS
Bangalore, Sep 13 (IANS) Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government was becoming a threat to the unity and sovereignty of India by failing to combat terrorism.Intervening in a discussion on the political situation in the country on the second day of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national executive meeting here, Modi said the Congress-led UPA government had been soft on terror by its various acts of omission and commission during its over four-year tenure.
“The country stands at the crossroads of a critical phase in its life when the government of the day has become a threat its unity and sovereignty,” he told about 250 party delegates participating in the meeting.
“Though the Congress had a traditional centrist position on nationalism as opposed to the subversive stand of the Communists and the Muslim League, the recent drift in the party under its chief Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has strengthened the very forces that were out to weaken India,” Modi stated.
Listing out the issues of national security and sovereignty on which the UPA government had allegedly compromised, Modi said by repealing the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA), by not executing terror convict Afzal Guru and by not giving assent to state-level anti-organised crime laws such as the Gujarat Control of Organised Crime (GUJCOC) Act, the central government had revealed its softness on terror, which is an attempt to play vote-bank politics, an allusion to the UPA’s pandering to Muslims.
The Supreme Court had upheld the death sentence of Afzal Guru, who was convicted for abetting the terror attack on parliament Dec 13, 2001, in which 13 people, including five terrorists and eight security men were killed.
“The UPA government had hurt the majority sentiment by agreeing to demolish the historic Ram Sethu for appeasing its allies (DMK). Similarly, by withdrawing the land allotted to the Shri Amaranathji Shrine Board in Jammu and Kashmir, the government had sought to please the separatist elements at the cost of alienating the nationalists,” Modi pointed out.
On the home ministry’s refusal to give consent to the GUJCOC, Modi said Gujarat was being prevented from fighting terror by those who act soft on terror.
“Though we are handicapped by the ministry’s refusal to enact the law, we are determined to carry on the battle against terrorists and those who prevent us from fighting terror,” Modi asserted.
Party general secretary H.N. Ananth Kumar, who briefed the media later on the political resolution, claimed National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan favoured the Gujarat government’s proposal to have its own law to deal with terrorist activities and organised crime.
“It is surprising that while Narayanan finds it appropriate to allow Gujarat to have its own anti-terror law, the union home ministry disposes it without any justification,” Kumar told reporters.
The party has decided to “expose the inherent contradictions” in the government on fighting terror in its pre-election campaign to be launched with Vijay Sankalp rallies by its prime ministerial candidate L.K. Advani across the country over the next two months.
Participating in the marathon debate on the political resolution, Modi criticised UPA constituents and allies such as Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal and Lok Janshakti for openly supporting the banned Students Islamic Movement in India (SIMI).
Modi lamented the alleged failure of the UPA government in introducing a proper mechanism to detect illegal migrants crossing over from Bangladesh across the eastern border.
On the UPA government’s proposal to grant reservations to Dalit Christians and Muslims, Modi said such incentives for religious conversion by missionaries would have an adverse impact on demography and become a cause for social tensions.
“Religion-based reservations have no place in our constitutional system. Yet the UPA has been trying to introduce them in the states where its allies are ruling,” Modi averred.