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UPA is a threat to India's unity: Modi

Vicky Nanjappa in Bengaluru | September 13, 2008 15:38 IST

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi [Images] expressed his grievance over the lack of a tough anti-terror law in the state at the Bharatiya Janata Party's national executive in Bengaluru [Images] on Saturday.

Modi attacked the Centre for sitting over his proposal to enact the Gujarat Control of Organised Crime Act. "Those concerned about terror obviously support the GCOCA and those concerned about terrorists understandably oppose it," Modi said.

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"The country stands at the crossroads of a crucial phase, when the government of the day has become a threat to the unity and sovereignty of the country," thundered Modi.

Modi said, "Historically, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Jan Sangh and the BJP were parties that advocated aggressive nationalism. The Communists and the Muslim League were subversive in their stand on the issue of sovereignty and integrity. The Congress has traditionally held a middle path on these issues."

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Modi said that an analysis of the United Progressive Alliance's functioning showed that the government had compromised the interest of the nation.

"The government has been soft on terror to prove that it is minority friendly. The repeal of the Prevention Of Terrorism [Images] Act and the Afzal Guru issue is evidence of this fact. The government has agreed to demolish the Ram Sethu [Images] to hurt the sentiments of the majority community across the country. The decision to withdraw allotment of land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board was an evidence to appease the separatists," said the Gujarat chief minister.

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"The illegal immigrants from Bangladesh continue to invade India and the government does not see that as a threat," said Modi, and added that no action was taken against religious conversions by missionaries, though it has an adverse impact on the demography.

Modi also took the opportunity to praise his own governance, saying that he fully supported the intelligence agencies and investigating bodies in Gujarat. He claimed that the culprits of the Ahmedabad [Images] blasts case could be tracked down and nabbed because he did not allow vote bank politics in his state.

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Modi added that though Gujarat was 'handicapped' by the lack of a proper anti-terror law, he was determined to carry on his battle against terrorists.

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