Minority appeasement responsible for rising terrorism:BJP

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Bhubaneswar, Nov 2 (UNI) BJP president Rajnath Singh today claimed terrorist activity was rising in the country owing to the minority appeasement policy of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre.

The BJP leader said almost all terrorist activities in India were carried out either by the Bangladesh-based Huji or Pakistan's ISI in association with Indan Mujhhideen, SIMI and other outfits.

The BJP president, who arrived here to inaugurate the extended state party council meeting, told newspersons the government could not take strong measures against the terrorism as it clubbed terrorism with the Muslim community and could not see the two differently.

Mr Singh said terrorism would stay as long as the Union government's lackadaisical attitude towards Bangladeshi inflitrators and the SIMI. He said the terrorists activities had risen significantly ever since the UPA government came to power. The policies adopted by the government had not only dented the internal security cover but also made the country a soft target for anti-India forces.

As many as 53 terror attacks were reported during the UPA rule, he said. Cities like Mumbai, Ayodhya, Varnasi, Lucknow, Faisabad, Hyeradabad, Jaipur, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Agartala and Assam were attacked by the terrorists.

Though the present situation demanded a tough anti-terror law but the government was trying to fight the terror activities with ''kid gloves.'' The government, he said, wrongly believed that terrorism was a law and order problem and the existing laws were sufficient to deal with the menance.

He said though the Virappa Moily Committee had recommended for a tough anti-terror laws, the UPA government was not taking any action on it.

Mr Singh said like the NDA government in the past the UPA government should use its diplomatic channel to force Pakistan and Bangladesh not to allow their land against anti-India activity.

''If they (Bangladesh, Pakistan) failed to comply then the government should take stern measures against them,'' he said.

Mr Singh said if BJP came to power it would accept terrorim as a challenge and formulate strong anti-terrorism laws to contain violence in the country.

Replying to a question he said his party did not want to join terrorism with any religion.

On the arrest of Sadhvi Prgyan, Mr Singh said the Maharashtra government was conducting several tests as they had no solid proof against her. She could not be described as terrorist as long as her involvement was proved, he said.

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