UPA soft on terror for vote bank politics: Gadkari

The BJP on Sunday charged the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre with being soft on terrorists and Naxalites to pursue its "vote bank" politics, which was fraught with dangerous consequences.

Last Updated: May 09, 2010, 18:45 PM IST

Shimla: The BJP on Sunday charged the
Congress-led UPA government at the Centre with being soft on
terrorists and Naxalites to pursue its "vote bank" politics,
which was fraught with dangerous consequences.

“Terrorist attacks are on increase, explosives are
reaching the country in large quantity, Afzal Guru has not
been hanged and secularism has come to signify appeasement of
terrorists,” BJP president Nitin Gadkari said while addressing
"Nyaya rally" here.

Expressing serious doubts whether Pakistani gunman
Ajmal Kasab, who was recently sentenced to death by a Mumbai
court, would ever be hanged, Gadkari alleged that the
government was dithering on sending dreaded terrorist Afzal
Guru to gallows as it feared loss of votes.

“Bartering votes with national security is
dangerous and how can the government be soft on terrorist
outfits like Lashkar-e-Toiba and al Qaeda responsible for
terrorist attacks across the country,” he asked.

Alleging that the country had become "unsafe and
insecure" due to spurt in terrorist and Naxalite activities,
the BJP chief said Naxalites were active from Pashupatinath to
Tirupati but the government lacked political will to end the
Naxal menace.

Saying that terrorists and criminals had no caste or
religion, Gadkari added the BJP was against the terrorists and
not against any religion as being propagated by the parties
unwittingly espousing the cause of terrorists by giving it a
communal colour.

PTI