''Hindu terrorism' term created for vote bank politics'

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New Delhi, Nov 18: Alleging that the majority community is being linked to terrorism to grab minorities' votes, Senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani on Nov 17 said, "In the last one month, a new term 'Hindu terrorism' has come into existence. This was pure vote-bank and minority-appeasement politics. We never linked terrorism with any religion. But now, this is being done to get votes." There should not be any attempt to defame any community for votes, Advani said while addressing an election meeting here ahead of the the second phase of polling in Chhattisgarh on Thursday.

Comparing the BJP-led NDA administration with the Congress-headed UPA government on terror front, the former Deputy Prime Minister said terrorists were never spared and were killed during the NDA rule. But now not a single terrorist has been caught or convicted. Afzal Guru, convicted in the 2001 Parliament attack case, has not yet been hanged, the ex-Home Minister said.

Advani alleged that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has 'devalued' the top post as head of the party (Congress) is now getting more importance than the head of the government. "This system exists in Communist regime. But it is not good in a democracy."

The BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate challenged the UPA government to show one major achievement during its over four years of rule. "I have seen elections since 1952. Every government used to have something to claim as its achievement but the UPA government has none", he added.

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