"The BJP's demand for POTA is completely ridiculous." said Congress spokesperson, "When was POTA able to prevent a terror strike?" POTA, enacted by parliament in 2002, was repealed when the Congress-led government took power in 2004 following complaints that it had been used to target members of a minority community. What the Congress is considering is instituting a federal agency along the lines of US-based national centre to counter terrorism," Tewari pointed out.
"The Congress approach to counter terror measures is pre-emptive. An anti-terror law ... cannot prevent (terrorist attacks)," said Tewari. The BJP, he said, is insisting on POTA to play politics.
Within hours of the Ahmedabad blasts, BJP leader L K Advani said: "The anti-terror legal framework of the government has been weakened after the repealing of POTA. The alacrity with which the government should have responded to the anti-terror elements has not been there."