Centre has no will to tackle terrorism, Naxalism: Modi

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday lashed out at the Centre alleging it had failed to curb terrorism and Naxalism and lacked the will to do it.

Last Updated: Aug 15, 2010, 16:02 PM IST

Rajkot: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday lashed out at the Centre alleging it had failed to curb terrorism and Naxalism and lacked the will to do it.

"The government at the Centre has no will to tackle terrorism," Modi said after unfurling the tricolour at the Rajkot Municipal Corporation cricket ground here.

"It is a demand of time to take strict action against terrorism which the US did after 9/11 and since then terrorists did not dare to target that country," he said, adding it was unfortunate that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh termed terrorism and Naxalism "as a mere serious issue".

Quoting a UN report, Modi said India did not have strict laws to prevent terror acts and added that he would stand by the government and extend all possible support if it has a
will and concrete plan to curb terrorism.

The chief minister said while the PM, in his speech today, urged farmers to enhance agricultural production, he did not utter a single word about rotting food grains.

The PM`s silence on the issue is like rubbing salt into the wounds, he added.

On Kashmir, Modi said "I want to warn the Central government that the Kashmir issue is very sensitive and they will have to take people of the nation into confidence before
reaching to any conclusion."

Modi said "Gujarat has always shown a new path to the country. Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel led the country`s freedom struggle and now Gujarat is leading the country in many fields like agriculture, education and petrochemicals."

PTI