BJP to stand firm with Government on security matters

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New Delhi, Nov 27 (UNI) The BJP is ready to stand firm with the Government on the basis of 'security considerations' to surmount the war-like situation, a top party leader said.

Answering questions of reporters if the BJP would stand firm with the Government on an issue like national security forgetting the fact that five states are facing Assembly polls, a top party leader not willing to go on record said 'yes'. However, the BJP is not willing to make any 'political assessments' at this point of time on the possible fallout caused by this audacious suicidal attack. The mood of the people in the country is 'gloomy' and it is not the proper time to make any such moves, he said. The leader also said that the BJP had no suggestions to the UPA government on dealing with the situation as the Government of the day was best suited to take appropriate decisions based on the inputs and assessments.

The leader was also not willing to speculate on the timing of the attacks by the 'anarchist foreign elements' who had chosen their own timing of the attack. Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh are complete and final round of polls in Madhya Pradesh have taken place today. Elections to Delhi are scheduled on December 29. The elections in Rajasthan where the party is in power will be in the immediate future.

The party is also finding similarities in the suicide attacks in the ongoing Mumbai hostage and the failed attack on Parliament six years ago. This only underlines the importance of sacrifice of the lady police officer who had saved Parliament by laying down her life although the sacrifice of lives by other security staff of the Parliament seemed to have diluted the sacrifice of this lady constable who first noticed the security breach and thus prevented the fidayeen attackers from entering Parliament.

The modus operandi of the Mumbai attackers was similar to that of 1993 blast attacks -- entering the country through sea. The only difference was that this time raiders turned out to be a hostage takers also while all other attacks employed hit and run tactics in India and elsewhere. Their entry into India again by the sea had exposed India's vulnerablity and ineffectiveness of the Coast Guard functioning. The attackers must have used a mother boat and numerous small vessels around 40 to 50 km in India's waters. An attack of this magnitude would mean long planning involving dozens of people.

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