BJP to encash UPA's weaknesses in assembly polls

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New Delhi, Sep 20 (UNI) Inflation and the indecisiveness of Congress leaders and UPA government on many important issues like terrorism will be major planks for BJP in the coming assembly election in six states as the party prepared to launch a ''Save India Campaign''.

Talking to newspersons informally, BJP general secretary Arun Jaitley who is credited with crafting victory for the party in many states, said the spiralling price rise and inflation continued to be on the top of the list of issues likely to figure in the BJP's ''Save India Campaign'' against the Government.

Everybody, particularly the common man and the poor were reeling under the unprecedented rise in prices of various commodities.

For Congress perhaps, inflation had become a non-issue, often befooling the people, saying that it had come down from 13 to 11 per cent. ''It seems the Congress' whole campaign is ''Mehangai Sasti Ho gayee hai (Inflation has gone down),'' he said in a lighter vein.

The former Law Minister said the Government would not be in a position to save itself as ''figures will speak themselves'' to expose the UPA's claims.

On the issue of terrorism, he said the Manmohan Singh government had a very flip-flop policy, one time it talks about a federal agency, the other time only about a strong anti-terror law but finally fails to take any decision.

On the other hand, he said NDA had been very clearheaded on the menace of terrorism and had, therefore, implemented POTA which was necessary to tackle the situation. But the Congress had dubbed it as anti-minorities and therefore repealed it to woo Muslims. Now it was caught in its own web and, that is why, dithered on the Administrative Reforms Commission's recommendation for a strong anti-terror law and the suggestion to set up a federal agency to deal with terrorists whose operations had roots in many states.

The Government now understood that the proposal for Federal Agency would not find an easy passage as majority of states would be up in arms against it on the ground that it would infringe upon the state powers.

The Government could not decide for a strong anti-terror law feeling that it would lose the sympathy of the Muslims.

In its Bangalore National Executive meeting, the BJP had identified Indo-US nuclear deal vis-a-vis selling off the country's nuclear sovereignty, farmers suicide issue, Ram Sethu in addition to price rise and terrorism as major issues to be highlighted by the party in coming election.

Meanwhile, the BJP's Central Manifesto Committee held its meeting chaired by former Human Resource Development Minister Murli Manohar Joshi. It is the first meeting of the Committee which was attended by party president Rajnath Singh, M Venkaiah Naidu and Mr Jaitley, among others.


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