BJP raises soft state spectre

New Delhi, Oct 30 | Updated: Oct 31 2005, 05:42am hrs
Saturdays co-ordinated terror attacks have once again brought into focus the debate on the need for a comprehensive policy on tackling terrorism, with the BJP maintaining on Sunday that the country would have to be clear in its action and policy if it is to defeat the menace.

Following a meeting of its senior leadership, the BJP, which incidentally released top terrorists to free the hijacked IC 184 in 2001, said that the perception of India being a soft target and a soft state was an important factor that contributed to its being a victim. A case for re-enacting Pota was also made by the BJP.

The party also added that the government, in its dialogue with Pakistan, should further emphasise the need to dismantle the terrorism infrastructure in that country. Among those who attended the meeting included party president LK Advani, former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The Prime Minister is right when he says that terrorism will never defeat India. But will India defeat terrorism India is concerned at the huge loss of lives at the hands of the terrorists. If India has to defeat terrorism, it cannot be by words alone, BJP general secretary and spokes-man Arun Jaitley told reporters here as he emerged from the hour-long meeting.

He said Saturdays blasts in Delhi on the eve of Diwali were again a reminder that India was still high on the terrorist agenda.The ability of terrorists to strike at will in the national capital, particularly when security is normally tightened during festival seasons, is a cause for worry, he said.