Congress flays Advani for 26/11 statement

February 18th, 2009 - 9:00 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyNew Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) The Congress Wednesday questioned the intentions of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani for his remark on “local support” in Mumbai terror attacks.
“What is he (Advani) trying to achieve by such statements. Pakistan has accepted the fact that Mumbai terror attack was planned on its soil. Such (like Advani’s) statements will help those against whom we are fighting the global menace,” Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters here.

Demanding a probe to find out if the terrorists from Pakistan who attacked Mumbai had local support, Advani Tuesday said: “The attack has not been thoroughly investigated and the Mumbai Police giving a certificate that no local hand was involved is shameful.”

“Such an attack cannot be planned without local help and we still demand that the probing agencies should investigate this also,” he told the Lok Sabha.

While India has maintained that the Nov 26 Mumbai attack was planned on Pakistani soil by Pakistani citizens, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was the first to kick off the controversy when he said at the BJP’s national council meeting Feb 8 that the attack was not possible without local assistance.

Asked if there were rifts in United Progressive Alliance (UPA) over the prime ministerial candidate after Sharad Pawar, chief of Nationalist Congress Party, was also projected for the top job, Tewari said: “There is no vacancy for the post of prime minister. Manmohan Singh is our prime minister.”

“D.P. Tripathy, spokesperson of the NCP, had given the statement regarding the issue, but retracted from his statement later,” Tewari said.

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