ARC plea for POTA-like law is slap on the face of Govt: BJP

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New Delhi, Sep 16 (UNI) The BJP today asserted that the second Administrative Reforms Commission recommending a strong anti-terror law like POTA to deal with terrorism in the country was a slap on the face of the Government.

It had vindicated the BJP's point that the Government was soft towards terrorism and its decision to repeal POTA was politically motivated rather than in the interest of national security, BJP spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.

The Administrative Reforms Commission report had been released by Commission chairman Veerappa Moily who is also spokesman of the Congress party.

On the ARC's suggestion for a federal agency to tackle the menace of terrorism, Mr Rudy said there was need to have a collective effort. But setting up such a branch in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) would do 'no good'. "The CBI's credentials under the present UPA government were very doubtful particularly after the manner it probed fodder scam and Quattrocchi's involvement in the Bofors case." He said it was due to the Congress-led UPA's appeasement policy that the government was not having a strong anti-terror law. He also regretted the Centre having rejected the Gujarat's Government proposal for having an anti-terror law in the state on the lines of MCOCA in Maharashtra.

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