Demanding the Centre of a zero-tolerance policy towards terrorism on the lines of US and Israel,BJP’s prime ministerial candidate L K Advani said on Saturday that the security of the common man is a bigger issue than unemployment and inflation.
“Al-qaeda has not been able to carry out any terror attack in the US and Israel post 9/11 strikes as the governments of both the countries adopted a zero-tolerance policy towards terrorism,” Advani said at an awareness campaign against terrorism conducted by higher education department in Bangalore. For Al-qaeda,US and Israel are enemy number one and two,he said.
Accusing the UPA of indulging in vote-bank politics,the leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha said,the mastermind behind the Parliament attack had not been executed despite his death sentence being ordered by Supreme Court only because “his name happens to be Afzal guru. Had he been some Anand Singh or Anand Mohan (instead of Afzal guru) he would have been hanged.”
Advani revisits his ‘imprisoned’ past
It was snapshots from the past for the BJP leader L K Advani when he revisited history at the inauguration of the Freedom Park,the erstwhile central jail where he was imprisoned during the emergency.
Advani who toured the Freedom Park located at Seshadri Road,the heart of Bangalore city,recalled the 19 months spent at the central jail which was built in 1865-66,soon after the 1857 war of independence to house prisoners and later even those who opposed the emergency.
“I can’t forget those 19 months. It is impossible to forget them”,said an emotional Advani describing his revisiting the central jail among the three moments in his life that he cherished dearly,the other two such memorable nostalgic moments being his revisit to his house in Karachi and his alma mater,St Patrick school,where he studied.
He recalled how it was an emotional moment when he visited his house in Karachi and was touched to find that the Muslim owner had still preserved the bed he slept on and similar were his feelings when he and his family met the teaching staff of his old school.
This (visiting the central jail) was another such moment that touched a chord deep within,he said.
Advani said he spent nearly 19 months in the jail in Bangalore and for two months in between was shifted to Rohtak. The multi-wise Freedom park has been developed with a budget of Rs 17.35 crore by the Bruhut Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and has provision for holding public rallies,demonstrations.
During the makeover,the historical significance of the central jail has been retained,including the barracks,the hospital blocks.