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Congress, BJP indulging in petty politics over attacks, says Brajesh Mishra

December 02, 2008 19:43 IST

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Former National Security Adviser Brajesha Mishra in the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government has said both the BJP and Congress were indulging in "petty"  electoral politics on terror attacks.
      
"Both the national parties are indulging in petty electoral politics. The problem is that there is a
contradiction between national interests and electoral politics. The two sides must understand," he told CNN-IBN, a press release from the channel said.
      
Mishra, who had differed with the BJP on the Indo-US nuclear deal, was answering a question if he was upset when he saw full-page advertisements published by the party  a day after the terror strikes.
      
When asked if he thought that L K Advani [Images] and Rajnath Singh should have attended the all-party meeting convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images] on Sunday to discuss the Mumbai terror strikes, he said "I won't talk about individuals.  The word coming out of Mumbai is that people are angry with the leadership.  The focus can't be just on winning election.
      
To a question on whether the intelligence agencies were not not discharging their responsibilities, Mishra said it all stars with effective policing.  Most states are governed by either the BJP and its allies or the Congress.
      
"Ensure that you don't politicise police recruitments first.  Caste, creed, religion can't be the basis for recruitments in police forces," he said.
       



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