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Monday, September 12, 2005

Smash terror before it sparks III WW: Vajpayee

Posted online: Monday, September 12, 2005

Lucknow, September 12: Warning that global network of terrorists and rising incidents of terror attacks might trigger off third world war, former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, today called upon the world leaders to sink their differences to wipe out terrorism.

“Unfortunately, countries were not united in fight against terror. When India drew attention to terrorism, countries like the US scoffed at the possible dangers but after 9/11, the situation changed, and India stood vindicated,” Vajpayee told a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers’ convention here.

The menace, he said, became more ominous when it was linked with religion. “This is sheer madness which should be confronted with full vigour”, he said.

In this context, the former prime minister referred to the July 5 attack in Ayodhya and blamed the security agencies and the government for not being alert and allowing the terrorists to reach ominously close to the Ram Mandir complex. “We tend to become careless”, he said.

Vajpayee attacked the UPA government for “going soft on Naxals” which he said was in stark contrast to the NDA government’s approach. Vajpayee said Naxalites had spread their network from the Nepal border to Sri Lanka. “The NDA government would have crushed the problem but could not get support from the state governments”, he added.

He also attacked the UPA government for “suspending” development schemes launched by the NDA government and power and water crisis.

Vajpayee also criticised the Central government for hike in petrol and diesel prices and said oil exploration should be a continuos process. He said the UPA government had failed to show resolve in tackling people’s issues.

Exhorting the BJP workers to pull themselves out of setback in the Lok Sabha elections, he said defeat was bad but it should not have a debilitating influence. “The dream of India is slowly being fulfilled and the contribution of the six-year rule of the NDA government would be remembered”, Vajpayee said.

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