BJP demands Centre white paper on terrorism

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Lucknow, Aug 15 (UNI) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has squarely blamed the Manmohan Singh government for rise of terrorism in the country and has demanded 'white paper' on the issue along with an all-party meeting to discuss the menace.

BJP national general secretary and Rajya Sabha member Vinay Katiyar today said the Centre should come out with a white paper on the action taken by the government to prevent terrorism and only announcing strict action against terrorists from the Red Fort would not serve any purpose.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr Katiyar said that during the last four years of the UPA government, 17 big terrorist attacks were carried out in the country, in which more than 600 innocent people were killed.

''Due to the appeasement polling of the Centre, the government did not initiate any step against the terrorist factions and even did not hold any all-party meeting to discuss the issue'', he claimed.

The MP said that during the NDA regime only three big terrorist attacks were witnessed-- Parliament, Akshardham Temple and Raghunath Temple-- in which no innocent was killed and the terrorists were shot dead by the security.

The firebrand BJP leader also demanded that the Centre should immediately order delimition process in Jammu and Kashmir. He also questioned the Centre on why it was delaying the capital punishment given to Afzal Guru in the Parliament attack case.

Criticising all the political parties for their soft stand on the banned SIMI, Mr Katiyar said the organisation had spread its tentacles to such an extent that it was quite impossible to contain them.

He also asked the Bahujan Samaj Party about its comment on the SIMI.

The BJP leader said ''China should also rethink about its friendship with Pakistan after series of Islamic terrorist attacks during the ongoing Beijing Olympics. China should join India against Pakistan to counter the rise of terrorism in this region.'' Appreciating the advocates of Lucknow for their protest against the arrested terrorists, who had raised pro-Pakistan slogans recently in the local court, he said sedation cases should be registered against these criminals.

''The act of the advocates proves their national integrity and they have shown their courage against the anti-national elements,'' he said.

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