UPA has surrendered to infiltration of Bangla: Advani
Vadodara, Apr 8: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani has charged the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government with having surrendered to Bangladeshi infiltration and compromised on national security only to gain minority votes.
''Even as prime minister and Congress President Sonia Gandhi reiterate that there would be no compromise with Bangladeshi infiltrators, what the government has done on the issue is not mere compromise but surrender,'' Mr Advani alleged.
Addressing an impressive public rally here last night on his 35-day 'Bharat Suraksha Yatra', the former prime minister said despite the Supreme Court's observation that dimention of illegal infiltration/immigration is an external aggression, the UPA government had absolutely done nothing to stop this menace.
''As a result of this vote bank politics, now a situation has come for yet another division of Hindustan. But the government is not seemed to be worried. Rather it has violated the constitutional provision and court order by bringing amendment to the Foreigners Act through backdoor,'' the BJP leader alleged.
Referring to the communists' agitation during the recent visit of US President Bush to India, Mr Advani said it was rightly stated by Sonia that communalising of foreign policy was against national interest. But BJP would not tolerate communalising of marxists policy like infiltration and reservation on the basis of religion. The UPA government should give up its communal approach to domestic and foreign policies in order to bring a change in the Indian politics, he added.
Seeking support of muslims for resolution of the Ram mandir dispute, Mr Advani said the muslims should remember that the Congress was not concerned for the welfare of the minorities but for their votes and was ready to compromise the national security for this, which the BJP would never tolerate, and continue to oppose this dangerous appeasement policy.
Lambasting the UPA government for failing on all fronts during its two years in office, Mr Advani said the country had never witnessed such a weakest and ineffective government at the centre as it had no direction.
''For the first time in the country's history, a prime minister of the country is not seated on the steering wheel of the government, but Sonia. The prime minister is only given the accelerator but whenever he goes to apply it, the communists don't like it and put brake. A government can't run like this,'' he said.
Mr Advani said, ''I do respect Manmohan Singh for his experience as he has made great contribution to the Indian economy for successfully bringing in economic reforms during Narasimha Rao's regime. But everybody knows that it is Sonia Gandhi who is on the steering wheel and taking all decisions, and not prime minister Singh.''
Expressing concern over the entry of corrupt people into politics and continued criticism of politicians in the media, Mr Advani regretted that politics, which was a mission of the people before 1947, had now become a profession like any other profession in a democracy. But in India it had become a commerce and a short-cut to make money or to have a clout.
However, he said, the Gujarat government had set an example for others for achieving development in all spheres through good governance. Despite all mis-propaganda against Narendra Modi government, people across the globe praise the government for doing an amazing job, he claimed.
On the temple issue, the BJP president said, the court would take its own time to decide the case. If both the communities resolve the issue through dialogue, its enduring capacity would be stronger and long lasting. He said a number of muslim leaders had approached him privately and expressed similar views.