Staff Reporter

“Union Govt. should quit rather than making scapegoats of small leaders”

“Why was not maritime security enhanced?”

“Why was Taj Mahal hotel security scaled down?”

NEW DELHI: The Capital being high on the hit list of terrorists, Delhi BJP president Harsh Vardhan has accused the Manmohan Singh Government of complete failure to curb terror and demanded that the Central Government itself should quit and make way for another dispensation rather than making scapegoats of small leaders.

In a statement here, Dr. Vardhan said the Mumbai terror attacks have also raised a number of pertinent questions. Primarily, he said, people want to know from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh why maritime security was not enhanced when RDX and other explosives had come via the sea route for the Mumbai blasts in 1994.

Of late, he said, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi had sought permission from the Centre to frame a stern law in Gujarat for tackling terrorism but the permission for it had been “kept pending”. Also, he demanded to know how and why the terrorists who came from Karachi in Pakistan managed to enter Mumbai from the sea despite the presence of the Navy, Coast Guards, marine police and patrolling by the Customs.

The BJP leader asked why security at the Taj Mahal hotel was scaled down after November 15 as pointed out by Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata. Dr. Vardhan has also taken an umbrage at the manner in which Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh had visited the hotel after the attack along with his actor son Riteish Deshmukh and well-known film director Ram Gopal Varma. Questioning why senior officials had not been held accountable for the massive security lapse, Dr. Vardhan said it was also a matter of grave concern that some of the politicians were close to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim whose role in the terror attack is under the scanner of the investigating agencies.

He pointed out that the BJP had been demanding for the past one year that a new law be framed against terrorism and a competent investigating agency established, “but the Congress had always been playing vote bank politics on the issue”.