UPA not doing enough to tackle terrorism: RajanthFebruary 12th, 2009 - 9:14 pm ICT by IANS
Chandigarh, Feb 12 (IANS) Criticising the policies of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh Thursday said it was not doing enough to defeat terrorism.
“India has the capability to defeat terrorism. The BJP-led government showed it. However, the UPA lacks will and is afraid of terrorism. People are feeling insecure,” Singh said while addressing a rally organised by Haryana’s Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), a constituent of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), at the Circus Ground here.
Thousands of INLD supporters and farmers gathered here for the rally which also marked the end of the 662-km Jan Aakrosh Padyatra, or foot march to voice people’s anger. The march was led by INLD general secretary and MP Ajay Singh Chautala and targetted Haryana’s Congress government led by chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
The BJP president accused the UPA government of throwing the country into despair. “Inflation and unemployment are the result of their anti-people policies,” he said.
“During its six-year tenure (1998-2004), the NDA had ensured that people got basic commodities at reasonable prices, which is not the case with this government. This government has also failed to create new jobs,” he said.
Striking a chord with the large number of farmers who had come from all over Haryana to attend the rally, Singh said: “The government is only busy in pleasing big corporates and is totally ignorant about the welfare of rural India. They should understand that real India lives in villages and not in the metro cities.”
He added that farmers were facing a lot of difficulties across the country. They did not get enough electricity supply and were under the burden of huge debts, he pointed out.
“This country has been led by the Congress for many decades, but still poverty, hunger and other problems continue to haunt us. We are at the bottom of the prosperity index,” Singh said.
The rally was attended by former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Janata Dal-United (JD-U) chief Sharad Yadav.
Ajay Singh Chautala said, “People of Haryana are fed up of the Hooda government and want a change. We are sure of our win in the forthcoming general elections.”