Cong defends Rahul, hits out at BJP

Govt is working towards preventing all terror attacks, says party


Sweta Ranjan | July 15, 2011

Congress on Friday hit out at the principal opposition party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for demanding the resignation of union home minister P Chidamabaram a day after the Mumbai blasts.

Party spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed said that the BJP's demand was unwarranted highlighting that 25 people died in terror attacks during BJP leader L K Advani's tenure as home minister in the NDA government. 

"Not only did Advani not resign, BJP projected him as the prime ministerial candidate in the following general elections," Ahmed said.

Dismissing news reports of Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan offering to resign over the blasts, he said that the state government was working with all state and central agencies to probe the blasts and expressed hope that the terrorists will soon be brought to book.

On Rahul Gandhi's controversial comment on success rate of preventing Mumbai-like attacks, Ahmed said that the Congress general secretary (Gandhi) had meant that the governement was working towards preventing all attacks. He maintained that the media had misrepresented Gandhi's comments.

Gandhi had said on Thursday that not all terror attacks could be prevented.



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