Keep politics away from national security: BJP
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Last Updated: Monday, July 25, 2011, 00:45
Mumbai: Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Sunday accused the UPA government of "miserably failing" to tackle terrorism and asserted that the issues of national security should be delinked from vote bank politics.

"Anywhere else in the world if any political party grows weak in its fight against terrorism, it will not be able to be in power, but in India growing weak apparently becomes important in attracting vote bank," he said.

Speaking on the theme 'Threat to National Security', in the backdrop of the recent 13/7 serial attacks here, Jaitley said it is the people who will have to take a decision on whether to choose vote bank politics or to keep it separate from the issues of national security.

The Leader of Opposition in the Rajya also flayed Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi for his recent comments that all such attacks cannot be prevented, saying this approach should be changed.

Claiming that the government and investigating agencies had failed miserably while dealing with terror attacks, Jaitley pointed out that it was the FBI which told India that David Headley was behind 26/11.

He also termed the investigation in the 26/11 case as 'casual'. "Only the person who was caught from the spot with the gun was convicted and our investigators did not reach anywhere else," he said.

The BJP leader demanded that the government take action against Kashmiri separatist leader Ghulam Nabi Fai's Indian guests. "How can Fai's guest be India's interlocutors on Kashmir," he asked.


First Published: Monday, July 25, 2011, 00:45

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