Advani to go ahead with his scheduled rallies in Northeast

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New Delhi, Sep 25 (UNI) Unfazed by the e-mail threat issued by Indian Mujahideen (IM) to attack Leader of the Opposition L K Advani during his public rallies in Northeast, the BJP today said it would not be cowed down by these threats and would go ahead with its programmes as scheduled.

BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar said despite the e-mail threats from Indian Mujahideen, threatening to attack Mr Advani during his rallies in north eastern states, the party would go ahead with the programmes as per the schedule.

The threats showed how audacious the terrorists had become in the face of ''tough talks and soft actions' while handling of terror by the UPA government. It was time for the government to ban this organisation because it had claimed its hands in all the blasts that had taken place in the country since 2005 in cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Varanasi, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Delhi, Mr Javadekar said.

He said the Mumbai police had unearthed evidences of IM with the banned terror outfits in the country and abroad and IM was nothing but the other side of SIMI, a banned organisation. "This organisation should be banned immediately under the Unlawful Activities (prevention) Act 1967," he demanded.

Taking on Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi for describing POTA as a 'failed law', Mr Javadekar invited him for a public debate on the law to combat terrorism. He should tell the country if POTA was a failure or the UPA had failed to implement the law. If he doesn't like POTA as a law, he was free to name it as Rahul Act but the UPA government must act tough and defeat terrorism, the spokesman said.

Earlier in the day, BJP general secretary Gopinath Munde too referred to the threats of IM directed against Mr Advani and had sought the UPA government to step up protection to his proposed rallies in the Northeast.

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