Voicing shock at the “audacious” attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore,India on Tuesday said terrorism based in Pakistan was a “grave” threat to the entire world and it would be in the interest of Islamabad to take steps to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure.
BJP-Cong trade charges in MP as parties gear up for LS polls
A day after EC announced a two-phased polls for the Lok Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh,ruling BJP and Congress in the state kickstarted their campaigns by trading charges against each other.
While the ruling party accused the Congress-led government at the Centre of adopting a discriminatory attitude towards the state in supplying coal for production of power,the Opposition has rejected the charges as a “mere political stunt with an eye on votes” in the next Lok Sabha elections.
As per the poll schedule announced on Monday,polling in Madhya Pradesh will be held in two phases on April 23 and April 30.
A total of 13 constituencies will go to polls on April 23 and these include Bhopal,Vidisha,Hoshangabad,Satna,Rewa,Sidhi,Shahdol (ST),Jabalpur,Balaghat,Chhindwara,Mandla (ST),Khajuraho and Betul (ST).
he other 16 constituencies which will go to the polls on April 30 are Morena,Bhind (SC),Gwalior,Guna,Sagar,Damoh,Tikamgarh (SC),Rajgarh,Dewas (SC),Ujjain (SC),Mandsaur,Ratlam (ST),Dhar (ST),Indore,Khargone and Khandwa.
Meanwhile,Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan along with BJP MPs had yesterday marched to the Rashtrapati Bhavan where they submitted a memorandum demanding adequate supply of coal to Madhya Pradesh.
“We condemn the incident. We are sorry for the Sri Lankan team. We hope that the players…I read two three names…Samarveera,Mendis…I hope they are safe and will recover. We are shocked by that incident,” Home Minister P Chidambaram said in New Delhi.
To a query about the World Cup being held in India and the security arrangements,the Home Minister said,”Let the World cup come. We will provide them security”.
“We are shocked at the audacious attack on the Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore this morning,” External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash said.
“Terrorism based in Pakistan is a grave threat to the entire world. It is in Pakistan’s own interest to take prompt,meaningful and decisive steps to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure once and for all,” he said.
The spokesperson said New Delhi offers “sympathies and good wishes for the speedy recovery of the Lankan players as well as of those other individuals who were caught up in the attack”.
Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma said the attack “underscores the enormity of the threat” that emerges from terrorism centred in Pakistan.
He noted that India had been insisting on dismantling of the terror infrastructure in Pakistan and this attack has once again highlighted the need to do so.
Six Lankan players were injured when around a dozen terrorists armed with rifles and rocket launchers targeted them in Lahore. Five policemen were killed in the strike.