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Chidambaram abdicating his duties: BJP

BJP joined issue with Home Minister P Chidambaram over his comments that fighting terrorism was more a state responsibility.



New Delhi: BJP on Tuesday joined issue with
Home Minister P Chidambaram over his comments that fighting
terrorism was more a state responsibility, saying he was
abdicating his duties as the menace was spread over ten states
and a coordinated effort was required to combat it.

"As long as Chidambaram is on the scene, we will keep
hearing of new terminologies everyday. So far no arrest has
been made in the Delhi blast case, so how can one even talk of
punishing the guilty," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar
said.
The Home Minister had earlier stated at a programme in
the capital that fighting terrorism was primarily the
responsibility of the states. He maintained that Left wing
extremism was more a matter of concern than any other form of
terror activity.

BJP was, however, not convinced with Chidambaram`s
arguments and maintained that since terrorism was prevalent in
more than one state and had inter-state ramifications, the
Centre should be held accountable for dealing with it.

"I want to tell Chidambaram that this is not about
responsibility of any one state. There is terrorism in several
states. Why is not a unified strategy? More than ten states
are involved. He is just advising the Chief Ministers and
abdicating his responsibility," Javadekar said.
The Rajya Sabha MP described terrorism as a "war
against the state".

PTI

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