Vice Prez's speech broke convention: Swamy

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New Delhi, Nov 23 (UNI) Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy today took exception to the statements made by Vice President Hamid Ansari while making a critical analysis on 'Emerging Security Concerns in West Asia' and said he broke a convention and committed a 'serious lapse'.

Mr Swamy, in a statement, said Vice Presidents in India by convention refrained from publicly speaking on foreign policy and stuck to the policy document of the External Affairs Ministry.

Referring to Mr Ansari's critical comment that the United States was providing impetus to terrorism through a policy of 'unilateralism and pre-emption', Mr Swamy said this seemed to provide an excuse for Islamic fanatics commiting suicide attacks to kill innocent civilians.

Islamic states like Saudi Arabia were practicing social intollerance which would justify anyone advocating regime change in that country. Human rights defence knows no borders, if the US has erred in by going for a regime change in Iraq, as portrayed by the Vice President, he should also suggest an alternative on how to fix terror sponsoring States of West Asia, he said.

The speech of Mr Ansari, Dr Swamy said was not only 'outdated' but inconsistent with India's national interest, he said.


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