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Rajnath Singh demands President's rule in J

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Jammu, May 2 (UNI) Criticising the Congress-led governments at the Centre and in Jammu and Kashmir for not tackling insurgency in the valley effectively, BJP president Rajnath Singh today demanded the imposition of President's rule in the strife-torn state.

Mr Singh was addressing a press conference here after arriving here with former Delhi chief minister and senior leader Sahib Singh Verma. He and Mr Verma will visit sites of the massacre of Hindus in Doda and Basantgarh tomorrow after there planned trip to the affected areas had to be postponed due to bad weather.

Describing the killing of innocent Hindus as unfortunate and a barbarous act, he said there was a conspiracy to get rid of Hindus in the state. He accused the government of taking a soft stance towards the militants and said it cannot absolve itself of the responsiblity of these killings. He also called for a review of the healing touch policy of the state government.

The BJP leader was also against the continuation of peace talks with Pakistan until cross border terrorism was stopped. He said Pakistan was not adhering to its promises of not allowing its land for terrorist training.

Terming the killings a challenge to the sovereignty of the country, Mr Singh said the Centre should not talk to Hurriyat Conference, until it dropped its agenda of advocating tripartite talks on Kashmir.

Mr Singh said he has called a meeting of its national executives in Delhi on May 13 to discuss the brutal killings in the state and chalk out an action plan for this. He said the party will raise the issue in the next session of Parliament and would build up a mass movement on this.

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