BJP president says terrorist activities have increased since the UPA came to power
BANGALORE: Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh said on Saturday that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government should inform the United Nations Security Council about terrorist activities supported by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
Addressing a convention organised by the State unit of the BJP's Yuva Morcha, he demanded that interactions with the Pakistan Government be suspended till it stopped supporting terrorism.
He said it was time the Union Government realised the effect of policy on Kashmir pursued by Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf.
Mr. Rajnath Singh alleged that terrorist activities had increased since the UPA came to power two years ago. Terrorists were emboldened to continue their attacks in sensitive areas because of the "soft approach" of the Government, he said. Infiltration of terrorists into the country from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir was continuing, he added.
He felt the Centre and a few State governments had failed to curb naxalites. Maoists in Nepal and terrorists in Bangladesh had become a threat to India, he said and added they were supported by the ISI.
Mr. Rajnath Singh said successive governments had failed to bring about emotional integration of the people, and the only way to achieve it was to adopt a uniform civil code.
He criticised the UPA Government for the "steep increase" in the prices of essential commodities, and attributed it to "indirect rule" by Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Yuva Morcha State unit president C.T. Ravi said the organisation would launch an agitation against the Union Government's "failure" to control prices.
Party supporters and workers, including those from Gulbarga, Bagalkot, Bijapur, Bidar, Belgaum and Dakshina Kannada districts, attended the convention.
BJP general secretary H.N. Ananth Kumar translated Mr. Rajnath Singh's Hindi speech into Kannada. Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa and BJP State unit president D.V. Sadananda Gowda, and Science and Technology Minister Ramachandra Gowda were present.