Now,Jaitley says PM ‘stopgap arrangement’

A day after BJP’s prime ministerial candidate L K Advani called for a “thorough judicial inquiry” into the 26/11 attack...

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 19, 2009 1:20 am

A day after BJP’s prime ministerial candidate L K Advani called for a “thorough judicial inquiry” into the 26/11 attack,“that would cover possible the local support angle into the attack,” party general secretary Arun Jaitley reiterated the charge that “the UPA Government was making the country into a soft state” although he refrained from bringing up the issue of local support in the attack. The demand had initially been raised by Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi at the BJP conclave in Nagpur.

In his speech on the motion of thanks to the President’s address,Jaitley said: “Let us not gloat over the fact that Pakistan had had to admit that 26/11 was planned from its soil. Will any Pakistani investigation have the honesty to admit the involvement of state actors and the ISI in 26/11?”

“Today the upper hand that Taliban is acquiring in Pakistan with the Talibanisation of the Swat Valley is a direct threat to India and the region. These developments need an emphatic response from the Government,” he added.

Speaking on the crisis in leadership in the present dispensation,Jaitley charged: “Unfortunately,for the Prime Minister he was never the first choice of his party to lead the nation. Even currently,the emphasis is on the heir apparent of one family. The Prime Minister is merely a stopgap arrangement in a stopgap job. The Prime Minister of the world’s largest democracy cannot be a night watchman.”

The BJP general secretary also said that various institutions were being “misused” under the present regime.

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