Venkaiah urges PM to convene CMs meet to discuss terrorism

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Bangalore, May 15 (UNI) Strongly urging the Centre to reintroduce POTA and TADA, senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu today demanded Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to convene a meeting of Chief Ministers to discuss and evolve measures to combat terrorism.

Addressing mediapersons here, he said Tuesday's serial blasts in Jaipur, the 21st incident of terror strikes in the recent past, had once again exhibited that the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre was soft on 'Jihadi terrorist and Maoist extremists.

Alleging that the vote bank politics and appeasement of minorities were coming in the way for Congress in tackling terrorism, he said the 'government's soft policy and fear of losing votes were emboldening the terrorists that they can get away with anything as long as the UPA government is in power at the Centre.' Pointing out that the Rajasthan Government had passed a law to tackle the menace of terrorism and sent it to the Centre for its approval, he said 'the requests for such acts from both Gujarat and Rajasthan, were pending since 2006 while similar laws enacted by Maharashtra and Himachal were cleared.'' He demanded that the Prime Minister should convene a meeting of all Chief Ministers to discuss the revival of POTA and evolve consensus for the formation of a Federal Agency to tackle terrorism.

Referring to serial blasts in Jaipur, Mr Naidu urged the Union Government to mount pressure on Pakistan to immediately stop cross-border terrorism as otherwise no meaningful object would be achieved by holding talks.

Urging for weeding out inflitrators from Bangladesh, who were source of terrorism, Mr Naidu demanded the UPA Government to take immediate measures to detect, detain and deport Bangladeshi migrants, who were illegally staying in the country.

Strongly advocating the need for bringing extraordinary laws to deal with terror situations, Mr Naidu opined that in the interest of the nation's security, stringent laws like POTA and TADA should be revived.

A proxy war was being waged against India by the neighbouring country to cripple growing economy, subvert the nation and create disharmony within the country, the BJP leader alleged and said India, being the worst victim of terrorism, the UPA Government was not heeding to advise of the United Nations to introduce tough laws.

''While other countries have adopted tough laws to tackle terrorism, the Congress-led UPA government has diluted the existed acts'' he charged.

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