BJP discusses terrorism, BSP's 'misrule' on Kalyan's b'day

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Lucknow, Jan 5 (UNI) The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today discussed the increase of terrorist violence in Uttar Pradesh and ''misrule'' of the Mayawati government in the state to mark the 75th birthday of senior party leader and former Chief Minister Kalyan Singh.

Senior BJP leader and in charge of UP affairs Arun Jetley, while addressing a gathering of BJP workers, said here it was important to catch people who were sheltering terrorists. ''But parties including the Congress, the BSP and the SP have linked national security with vote bank politics. Police is not allowed to question or investigate people suspected of harbouring terrorists in the name of pseudo secularism,'' he alleged.

He claimed that the BJP was the only party to have taken a strong stand on the issue. ''We are the only party which has not linked national security with vote bank politics...for us national security is paramount,'' he added.

In his speech, Mr Kalyan Singh claimed that terrorists from Pakistan cannot carry out attacks in India without local support.

''The local support has to be exposed and eliminated to stop future attacks,'' he added.

While terming Mr Singh as a ''credible'' leader of the party, Mr Jaitley said while the BJP national vice-president's birthday was being celebrated in a simple style, next week, the people of Uttar Pradesh would witness a birthday celebration where a lot of money will be spent to generate lot more money. He was referring to the January 15 birthday of Chief Minister and BSP president Mayawati.

Before addressing the workers, Mr Singh, Mr Jetley and other senior party leaders held a closed door discussion with district leaders where the issues of ''Islamic terrorism'' and misgovernance of the state came up for discussions.

Mr Singh, Mr Jetley and several other state unit leaders said while terrorist attacks in the state were on the rise, the government was making no efforts to address the problem. The speakers also expressed worry about the hunger deaths in the state and suicide by farmers in the drought-hit Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh.

Mr Singh claimed that by voting BSP to power, the electroate got rid of the SP misrule, but the situation remained more or less the same. ''BSP is not the alternative to BJP...but perhaps we were unable to explain this to the people before the assembly elections,'' he said.

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