Congress takes on BJP on internal security issue

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New Delhi, Feb 7 (UNI) Accusing the BJP of "hypocrisy" and "double facedness" and highlighting the security lapses during the previous NDA regime, the Congress Party today said the major Opposition party had been talking of terrorism to deliberately generate insecurity and mislead the people.

"What is the use of creating a climate of fear and insecurity by saying that one third of the country is in the grip of terrorism and naxalism," AICC spokesman Abishek Manu Singhvi told mediapersons, while reacting to BJP's prime ministerial candidate L K Advani's statement at Jabalpur yesterday charging successive Congress governments, including the present UPA regime, of having reduced the country into a soft state for terrorists.

"Even if one village in a district is naxalite-affected, one cannot call the whole district naxal affected," he said, and added that only 300 out of the 14,000 police stations across the country were naxalite-affected. "This accounts for less than two per cent." Dr Singhvi said the BJP and Mr Advani had always thrived on hypocrisy and preached without practice.

Saying that the official figures exposed the hypocrisy of Mr Advani, he pointed out that there was an improvement of 70 per cent in terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, while naxal-violence declined to 70 per cent in the most affected state of Andhra Pradesh under the present UPA regime.

In this context, he cited increased naxal activity in states under BJP-led NDA rule -- Chattisgarh and Orissa, both under the NDA rule, and in Jharkhand, which was also under NDA rule till a couple of years ago.

"Mr Advani needs to set his own house in order, do some soul searching, stop being irresponsible and first berate and condemn his own, or his allies' Chief Ministers," he said.

Dr Singhvi said when the NDA and the BJP lectured on terrorism, they reminded one of the person who decided to go on a pilgrimage after committing a thousand sins (Sau Choohon Ko Mar Kar Billi Haj Karne Nikhli Hai).

Saying that the previous NDA regime had the "worst" track record on the security front, the spokesman said the people wanted to know what transpired between Mr Advani (the then Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister) and Mr Jaswant Singh (the then Foreign Minister) and the Taliban diplomats, the Afghanistan officials and the hijackers of the Indian Airlines aircraft between December 24 and December 31, 1999.

Intead of misleading the people at Jabalpur, Mr Advani should tell the nation what led to the sudden capitulation on December 31, 1999 at Kandahar after seven days.

"Why did the self-appointed Lok Purush became the 'soft' Home Minister, sending the Indian Foreign Minister to escort terrorists to Kandahar?" he asked.

Dr Singhvi asked why did Mr Advani's government was unable to control, prevent or abort attacks on Akshardham, Raghunath Mandir, Indian Parliament, Red Fort? He said it was the same Masood Azhar and his Jaish-e-Mohammed, whom Mr Advani's government had released at Kandahar, who later attacked the Parliament.

"Why could they not prevent or avert operatives of the Lashkar-e-Toiba who attacked Red Fort in January 2001? Why did they ignore this and invite Mr Musharaff later in 2001 for the Agra Summit? Did they not ask him about Pakistan's role in the hijack and with the Taliban and the hijackers?" he asked.

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