Protests denounce terrorism

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Venting ire: BJP activists in Tirupati hanging a cut-out of a Pakistan-sponsored terrorist, condemning terrorism on Sunday.
Venting ire: BJP activists in Tirupati hanging a cut-out of a Pakistan-sponsored terrorist, condemning terrorism on Sunday.

Special Correspondent

Opposition parties attribute UPA’s soft attitude to series of bomb blasts

BJP demands immediate revival of the POTA

TDP takes out candle rally praying for peace

TIRUPATI: Non-Congress Opposition parties on Sunday held protest demonstrations strongly condemning the Pakistan-sponsored transborder terrorism in India and cited Saturday’s ruthless serial blasts triggered by the ‘Islamic terrorists’ in New Delhi which killed about 30 and left more than hundred grievously hurt for life.

To register its strongest protest against the Delhi blasts, the BJP chose to symbolically hang in public a cut-out of ‘Pakistan’ for instigating terrorist attacks across the Indian border. It demanded the immediate revival of the POTA as it alone had the teeth to bring under control the outrage of the terrorist outfits which have now more than demonstrated that they could freely strike at any place in India at their will at any time.

BJP cadres addressed a mid-road meeting after hanging the cut-out from the gallows named as ‘POTA’. They later set the cut-out afire amid heavy slogans and blamed the UPA for its continued soft attitude towards ‘Islamic terrorism’. They cited as example its dilly dallying in enforcing the death sentence imposed on Afzal Guru who was responsible for the attack on the Indian Parliament building. To reinforce their allegation of the UPA government’s soft attitude with an eye on its vote-bank, the BJP functionaries also cited as how it put on hold the POTA-like Act brought out by the Narendra Modi government in Gujarat to contain terrorism.

The leaders said the serial blasts rocking the country in quick succession was nothing but Intelligence failure and demanded the dismissal of the Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil. They criticised in this connection the diplomatic silence being maintained by the pseudo secularist forces over the serial blasts. Among those who participated in the demonstrations were the City BJP president S. Srinivas, State committee members B. Chandra Reddy, Subramanyam Yadav, M.R. Raja.

ABVP cadres also held angry demonstrations separately at NTR circle and demanded that the UPA government which failed to contain terrorist attacks must go.

CPI rally

The CPI on its part took out a rally with students including school children condemning the failure of the government in containing the repeated outrage of the fundamentalist elements in the country. Amids slogans in favour of protecting the country’s unity, cadres belonging to the CPI and its various frontal units dubbed the serial blasts as the failure of the Intelligence.

The TDP functionaries took out a ‘candles rally’ in the evening praying for peace and tranquillity in the country and the banishment of terrorist elements which fomented trouble in the country from across the borders. They silently marched through the streets with lighted candles in their hands. Among the leaders present were Narasimha Yadav, Neelam Balaji, R.C.Munikrishna .



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