Terrorists having a 'free run' because of UPA' soft policies

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New Delhi, Oct 15 (UNI) Claiming that the terrorists in the country were having a ''free run'', the BJP today attributed this state of affairs to the ''soft'' policies adopted by the UPA governmenty.

BJP President Rajnath Singh said that those in power had tied the hands of the intelligence agencies and the intelligence gathering had been 'slowed down' because the political bosses were insisting on 'credible intelligence'.

''The result was that terrorists were having a free run right from Mumbai blasts to Samjhauta Express and Mecca Masjid to Ajmer Sharief and now the Ludhiana blasts, ''he noted.

He said when the NDA was in the government, about 300 sleeper cells were destroyed because the authorities wanted the security and intelligence agencies were given a free hand against terrorists. The Government should give out with details how many sleeper cells it had destroyed during the last three and half years of UPA regime, he government.

Charging the National Security Advisor working directly under the Prime Minister with proving to be a ''scaremonger, whenever he opened his mouth,'' the BJP chief said the UPA should clarify what action it had taken to counter terrorism and it was high time that responsibility is fixed. The Home Ministry, was indulging in making predictions while NSA created scare, he added.

He said it was ironic that the India was going soft on terror when the whole world was going tough on terror. ''The people can no longer be fooled without a firm, coordinated and effective plan to counter terrorism,'' he said, noting the UPA government had repealed POTA after it came to power and was yet to execute the order of the Supreme Court according death sentance to Mohammad Afzal in the Parliament attack case.

''As far as the BJP was concerned, it would support any strong initiative against terror in the Parliament and any legislatirion to deal with terror,'' Mr Singh added.


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