UPA-Left truce only temporary: Venkaiah

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Hyderabad, Oct 15: The Bharatiya Janata Party vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu today said the so-called 'truce' between the UPA and the Left parties was only ''temporary.'' Addressing a press conference here, he claimed that 'uneasy relationship' continued between the Congress and the Left parties, which differed on a host of issues, including the Indo-US nuclear deal.

''They have not put a full stop to confrontation. They are only trying to buy time,'' he opined, adding that his party was ready to face snap polls any time.

Turning to increasing terrorists attacks in different parts of the country, he contended that the UPA Government had sent a ''wrong signal'' to the insurgents that ''they can go scot free.'' Urging the Government to convene an all-party meeting and enact a legislation to provide stringent punishment for terrorists, he said mere announcement of ex-gratia and expressing condolences to the families of the deceased would not suffice.

Contending that Hyderabad had turned into a hub for ISI agents, he asked the Congress Government in the state to conduct house-to-house searches to free the city from terrorists.

It was improper on the part of some parties to make a ''hue and cry'' over picking up of a youth belonging to a particular community as part of investigation in bomb blasts, the BJP leader said.

He also demanded a hike in the Minimum Support Price for paddy to Rs 1000 on par with wheat.

The national BJP General Secretaries meet would be held in New Delhi on October 17 to chalk out an agitational programme in support of paddy growers, he added.

UNI

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