Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi on Saturday hit out at the Centre over the issue of fighting
terrorism alleging that its "weak-kneed approach" was
encouraging terrorists to strike India at will.
Against the backdrop of the triple explosions in Mumbai
on Wednesday, Modi said that had Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel been
alive innocent people would not have lost their lives and
terrorists would have been hanged by now. Patel was the
country`s first Home Minister and called the "Iron Man of
"Weak-kneed approach of today`s Central government to
fight terror has provided encouragement to terrorists to
strike in India at their will," Modi said at a function at
Sardar Patel University at Vallabh Vidhya Nagar near here
Modi said, "The demon of terrorism is responsible for
killing so many people in the country. Had Sardar Vallabhbhai
Patel, who united the country, been alive today, innocent
people would not have lost their lives."
"Those terrorists, whom the court had ordered to be sent
to the gallows, would have been hanged by now, had
Sardar Patel been alive," he said in an apparent reference to
Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving Paksitani gunman in the 2008
Mumbai terror attack who is on the death row pending disposal
of his appeals.
Noting that people of the country want the terrorists to
be dealt with in a hard manner, Modi said human rights should
not be granted to terrorists as they are not fit to be called
"Central government is very enthusiastic in bringing a
law for communal violence, but has no time to root out
terrorism," he added.
The Chief Minister further said, "Countries across the
world, including the US, have enacted tough laws and have put
up a strong fight against terrorism, but India is
being bombed repeatedly."
"This is the time when people of India should take up
the challenge of uprooting terrorism," he added.