Gadkari says Cong soft on terror for votebank politics

BJP national president Nitin Gadkari on Sunday launched a blistering attack on the Congress-led UPA government for being soft on terrorists and their sympathisers because of votebank politics.

"Terrorist attacks are on the rise. Explosives and weapons are reaching the country in a large quantity. Young soldiers and police jawans are dying everyday while fighting against terrorists. It's the Congress which is playing politics of appeasement of terrorists and their sympathisers," Gadkari alleged at a BJP rally here, adding that internal and external security of the country was in a serious danger.

Raking up the issue of Afzal Guru, who has been given death sentence for the attack on Parliament, he said:

"The government is not acting even after the highest court's orders. It's simply because the Congress fears its adverse effect on the votebank. Now, there are also apprehensions about Ajmal KasabAjmal Kasab, sentenced to death for Mumbai attack."

The BJP president said "bartering votes with national security is very serious and dangerous. How can the government be soft on the terrorist outfits like Lashkar-e-Toiba and al-Qaeda responsible for terrorist attacks across the country?"

Asserting that the country had become "unsafe and insecure", he referred to the growing problem of Naxalism. "The Naxalites are active from Pashupatinath to Tirupati to make a corridor because the government lacked political will to act," he added.

Drawing a parallel between the BJP and Congress, Gadkari wondered why the Congress had been trying to differentiate between criminals and terrorists on the basis of caste and religion, which the BJP had never done.

Rubbishing the Congress's charges that the BJP was a communal party, he said: "This is a campaign against the BJP so that the Congress manages to retain its votebank."

He supported Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal's demand for construction of Manali-Leh railway line for strategic reasons in view of China having already constructed roads and railway line in the region.

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