Kanwar Yogendra

SHIMLA: Senior BJP leader L. K. Advani on Tuesday appealed to all political parties to shun the politics of vote banks and take a tough, united stand on terrorism.

Addressing a mammoth rally here to mark the completion of one year of the BJP rule in Himachal Pradesh, he said no compromise on terrorism would be tolerated and the terrorists should dread a strong government with powerful laws instead of terrorising a weak government.

He also urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to clearly state how his Government intends to deal with Pakistan.

He blamed the UPA Government for first repealing POTA and then taking a U-turn on the need for a strong anti-terror law.

He said despite the UN giving its sanction and support for making a stringent anti-terrorist law, the Congress had opposed the enactment of POTA but the BJP now had supported the UPA Government in the passage of two important anti-terrorist Bills.

Launching his party’s campaign for the coming Lok Sabha elections in the hill State, Mr. Advani said it should be called a “Vijay Sankalp Rally”. He said the signals of a BJP victory at the Centre had been given by the voters of Jammu and Kashmir.

He congratulated the people of Jammu and Amarnath Sangharsh Samiti for fighting for a nationalist cause and voting for the BJP.