“To divert attention from government’s failure on all fronts”
LUCKNOW: Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh on Tuesday accused the Congress of communalising the issue of terrorism, and said this was being done to divert the people’s attention from the UPA government’s ‘failure on all fronts.’
Charging the Congress with complete failure to control terror, the BJP president said it was unfortunate that the term ‘Hindu terrorism’ was being used in the context of the Malegaon blasts.
Mr. Singh told a press conference that the BJP was against ‘communalisation’ of terrorism. Terrorism should not be linked to any religion. He denied that the BJP had coined the term ‘Muslim terrorism.’
The BJP chief attacked the Congress and the ‘so-called’ secular parties for their silence on the use of the term ‘Hindu terrorism.’
Mr. Singh said that by clubbing terrorism as ‘Hindu terrorism’ versus ‘Muslim terrorism,’ the Congress and the ‘so-called’ secular parties were trying to gain political mileage.
The BJP president took exception to the names of Hindu religious leaders being mentioned in the context of the Malegaon blasts, adding that the investigating agencies should take care not to ‘defame’ the religious leaders and the Army.
Accusing the UPA government of systematic leaks in the media, Mr. Singh warned that it should not rush to the press till solid evidence was gathered against the accused.
He held the government responsible for the economic crisis in the country in the aftermath of the global recession.
Mr. Singh said the Prime Minister, the Finance Minister and the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission were economists, yet they failed to comprehend the impact of the global meltdown on India. He alleged that no steps had been taken to insulate India from the effects of the slowdown.
Earlier, addressing a traders’ rally at the Jyotiba Phule Park in the State capital, the BJP president said if the NDA government came to power at the Centre there would be uniformity in the rates of value added tax (VAT) in the entire country. Mr. Singh said the association of the traders with the BJP extended to the days of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh.