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Congress manifesto silent on national security: Modi

March 25, 2009 20:52 IST
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that the Congress' election manifesto, released ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, lacks the will to fight terrorism.

"Congress manifesto has not shown any political will to fight terrorism, naxalism or insurgency," he said.

"The criminal silence of the Congress on the important issue of terrorism and coastal security should ring alarm bells for the nation," Modi said.

"Terrorism has bogged us down, naxalism has spread in a big way, Maoist violence in Nepal has burnt us and Taliban power is increasing in neighbouring countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh. India has to face these problems in near future," he said.

"The vote bank politics of Congress, it seems has played a major part in not declaring any focused strategy by the party to fight against the menace of terrorism," Modi said.

Speaking about the November 26 Mumbai terror attack, the chief minister said, "The Congress manifesto is silent on coastal security which is an important issue after the Mumbai terror attacks as terrorists had come to Mumbai via sea. Gujarat has a long coastline and people here doubt Congress' intention".

"Terrorists using latest technology and increase in number of cyber crime and economic offences by them has also created a feeling of insecurity among people," he said.

"It is for the people of the country to seek answers from the Congress on why its manifesto is silent on such important issues, Modi said.

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