Advani blames Ayodhya attack on Pota repeal

Ayodhya, July 8 | Updated: Jul 9 2005, 05:30am hrs
Visiting the site of the terror strike near the makeshift temple in Ayodhya, BJP president LK Advani attacked the UPA government for scrapping Pota saying, it has sent a message that Centre could compromise on the issue of terrorism.

The terrorist attack has once again brought the issue of Ram temple back in the mind of the people, he said.

It is my charge that by scrapping Pota, the central government has sent a message that we could compromise on terrorism. This perception must be removed, he said at a meeting of BJP and VHP workers at the Karsevakpuram here.

Interestingly, this was Mr Advanis first engagement in a VHP premises after the recent bad blood between the two following his controversial remarks on Jinnah during his Pakistan visit.

Mr Advani, who had led the saffron movement to Ayodhya for construction of the Ram temple at the dispute site here and has sought to present a moderate face of late, visited the outer periphery of the Ram Janambhoomi complex, the scene of Tuesdays attack.

Police officials narrated to him the details of how the attack was foiled. He was accompanied by party leaders Uma Bharati and Rajnath Singh.

He said he had come to Ayodhya to see as to how the militants were able to fulfil their long standing desire of striking at the Ram Janambhoomi complex.