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UPA pursuing dangerous approach towards naxal violence: Advani

Written by: Staff

Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, Apr 15 (UNI) Terming the UPA government's ''soft approach'' towards Nepalese insurgent groups ''dangerous,'' senior BJP leader L K Advani today said such a policy was not only detrimental to the neighbouring country but also India's own fight against naxalism along the ''Red corridor'' from Bihar to Karnataka.

Expressing deep disappointment over Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's failure to mention the known link existing between Maoist insurgents in Nepal and various naxal outfits in India, Mr Advani, who was the Home Minister in the NDA government, charged that the UPA government had changed the policy of handling the naxal violence in a concerted manner and was treating it as a ''state subject.'' ''The result was the Congress-ruled Andhra Pradesh was allowed to lift the ban on People's War Group, the most lethal among the various naxal groups. The State Government invited these groups for talks without insisting on laying down of arms by their cadres,'' he said, adding that ''not only had the talks failed but the government's pusillanimity only served to embolden the naxals.'' Mr Advani said not withstanding the brave words of the Prime Minister that the challenge of terrorism must be faced squarely and resolutely by all shades of political opinion, it sounded ''hollow and hypocritical in the context of Congress Party and the Communists passing an unanimous resolution in Kerala Assembly seeking the release of kingpin of 1998 Coimbatore bomb blasts, in which 58 innocent lives were lost.

''I would like to ask Dr Singh if this indeed he meant when he said there can be no political compromise with terror. Is this no being inch conceded or no compassion shown?'' he said.

The BJP leader said that Dr Singh's 'eloquent silence' on the issue of massive illegal migration from Bangladesh into Asom and other North-Eastern states ''was also surprising.'' ''The Supreme Court had declared the IMDT Act as unconstitutional but the Government was bringing it back through the backdoor just to save its vote bank,'' Mr Advani claimed, adding that it was 'doubtful' if the Prime Minister had raised the issue of illegal migration from Bangladesh during Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia's recent visit to Delhi.

Referring to factional political killings in Rayalseema region.

which claimed the lives of six MLAs including that of former state minister Peritala Ravi, he said murders and extortions had become the orders of the day in Anantapur.

''I strongly urge the poltical parties in the region -- the Congress and the TDP to work together to rid the region of factional violence,'' he said, adding that in a democracy, ''political competition cannot be allowed to degenerate into violent poltical confrontation.'' UNI MCN VD KP1633

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