Congress being soft on terror: BJP

Main opposition BJP on Tuesday accused the ruling Congress-led UPA government of targeting those who were fighting against the terrorism.

Last Updated: Oct 06, 2010, 00:00 AM IST

Ahmedabad: Main opposition BJP on Tuesday accused
the ruling Congress-led UPA government of targeting those who
were fighting against the terrorism.

"The Centre`s policy on terrorism is capital punishment
for those who fight against it and saving the terrorists," BJP
president Nitin Gadkari alleged while addressing a public
rally here in the run up to the October 10 election to the
Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation.
Referring to the Sohrabuddin case, in which Gujarat`s
former junior Home Minister Amit Shah has been arrested, he
said, "I met Shah (in jail) today. It is unfortunate that he
has been targeted by CBI."

In the Ishrat Jahan case, the Centre has given an
affidavit in the court saying the Mumbai girl killed in the
shootout was not a terrorist. But this was contrary to the
claim made by Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operative David Headely,
the BJP chief said.

"Pakistani terrorist David Headely`s statement to the
Indian interrogators in the US has proved that the she was a
terrorist trained by Lashkar-e-Toiba," he said.

Criticising Home Minister P Chidambaram for his "saffron
terror" remark, Gadkari said, "They are giving colours to
terrorism. But terrorism has only one colour, and that is
black."

Gadkari also attacked the Congress on the issue of
poverty.
"Congress had initiated the programme of `Garibi Hatao`.
I have to accept that they have done some good work -- the
poverty of Congress workers had been removed," he said
sarcastically.

"But the poverty of people in general continues. The
Planning Commission has pointed out that 50 per cent of
India`s population earns just Rs 20 per day."

He further assailed the Congress on the issue of
inflation. "We have an economist-Prime Minster, but the prices
of necessary items had been rising constantly."

PTI