ANDHRA PRADESH

Hyderabad emerges an ISI hub, says BJP president

ONE FOR THE LEADER: BJP national president Rajnath Singh flashes the sword presented to him by his admirers at a public meeting in Hyderabad on Saturday. - Photo: K. Ramesh Babu  



Special Correspondent

Says city-based modules behind all terror strikes except in J&K

HYDERABAD: BJP president Rajnath Singh has said the Inter-Services Intelligence modules of Hyderabad were behind all terrorist attacks in the country except Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing a party workers' meeting here on Saturday, Mr. Singh said Hyderabad had emerged as the hub of ISI activities. Unfortunately, the UPA Government at the Centre was soft towards terrorists. The Government also soft-pedalled on minorities. Reservations to Muslims extended by the Andhra Pradesh Government and Aligarh Muslim University were a few to name.

He blamed the UPA Government for failure to clarify on allegations of KGB funding to Congress and the Left parties. Similarly, the Congress as a party was named as the non-contractual beneficiary by the Volker report. But, there was no clarification forthcoming from the Centre.

`Congress fails people'

He said the Congress had promised to stand by the `aam admi' (common man) before the elections but it was actually with the `khaas admi' (special man) after winning the polls. This was evident from air travel becoming cheaper, Sensex soaring to new heights, modernisation of airports and the price of cars coming down. On the other hand, the common man was faced with a continuous hike in prices of essential commodities.

Former BJP president, Bangaru Laxman, State president, N. Indrasena Reddy, and former Union Minister, B. Dattatreya, also spoke.

Earlier, Mr. Singh was given a warm reception at the airport by the party cadre as he was visiting the city for the first time after assuming the mantle. He later visited the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh office at Barkatpura and discussed the political situation in the State with party leaders at the BJP State headquarters. Intellectuals fighting for separate Telangana called on him at the BJP office.

Predicts petro price hike

Addressing a party workers meeting and a news conference, Mr. Rajnath Singh predicted inflationary trends to pick up after the budget session of Parliament as the prices of petroleum products would once again be hiked by the UPA Government.

He said the Rangarajan Committee on petroleum pricing had recommended hike in prices of petrol, diesel and other petroleum products but this suppressed in the budget presented to be Parliament by the Finance Minister.

The recommendations along with the proposal to hike the service tax from 10 to 12 per cent would be implemented after the budget session. This would push up the rate of inflation leading to hike in the prices of essential commodities.