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Talks and terror can’t co-exist: BJP

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi won a thunderous applause on Thursday after he finished speaking,while seconding a resolution on “national security and Jammu and Kashmir”.....

Written by Express News Service | Indore | Published: February 19, 2010 12:32 am

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi won a thunderous applause on Thursday after he finished speaking,while seconding a resolution on “national security and Jammu and Kashmir”.

Modi wondered why the government did not take the Opposition into confidence “on issues like talks with Pakistan”. The resolution,drafted and moved by Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley at the BJP national council on Thursday,has sections on Jammu and Kammu and Kashmir (and Pakistan’s role in fomenting trouble in the border state); China (and “wilful violations by China of the Line of Actual Control); internal security; and “Maoist insurgency”.

Asking the Centre to reconsider its decision to hold talks with Pakistan,the BJP stressed that “talks and terror could not co-exist”. Taking a dig at the UPA for justifying the talks because “we are a mature democracy”,the party asked why was the Centre not holding talks with the Opposition — a must in a democracy.

“The Pune blast has exposed the fragility of our security set-up. A ‘dialogue without terror’ was the NDA policy. For the UPA,dialogue and terror can co-exist. ‘Dialogue without terror’ has evolved into a UPA policy of ‘dialogue with terror’. The BJP demands that the government revisit its decision to recommence the dialogue process (with Pakistan),” read the BJP resolution.

“In the last six years adverse changes have been noticed in the country’s response to the situation in J-K,terror and Maoism,allowing it to spread and gather strength,” Jaitley said while moving the resolution. “Terror has not only increased from across the border but also there is a spurt in the rise of local modules. While the terrorists are outsiders,the local modules help them in carrying out their activities.”

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