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It was nothing less than a fidayeen attack, says Advani

Onkar Singh in New Delhi | December 11, 2008 20:39 IST

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Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha L K Advani [Images] said the Mumbai attack was nothing less than a fidayeen attack.

"They were not the ones who had come to shoot a mob and run away for life. They had come to kill and that is why they engaged our security forces in a prolonged battle," Advani told, after making an elaborate statement in the Lok Sabha soon after the union home minister had given details of the battle and how the government proposed to go about setting up a federal agency to fight terror.

"During the NDA's regime, many states did not agree to set up a similar agency as law and order was a state subject. There are two views on this. One of course is emphasizing the fact that law and order is a subject which can be held by the state administration and the other is that we should not stand in the way of setting up such an agency provided relevant amendments are made in the Indian Penal Code to tackle with such crime and give harshest punishment to the perpetrators of such dastardly acts,' the party's prime ministerial candidate said.

The home minister sent copy of the draft of the resolution for approval by Advani last night and the same was carried out with the minor change last night itself.

'I would say that it was finalised last night," Advani said.

He said he would attend the swearing-in ceremony of Raman Singh in Chhattisgarh.

He would be travelling to Jammu and Kashmir [Images] during the last phase of voting.

'We have limited our campaign to 12 seats in the state and Advaniji would address  some rallies. I would say that the Congress and the National Conference and despite the fact the voter turn-out has reached more than 70 per cent so far we have not received any complaint. We would hold a major rally in Pahalgoan next week," Jaitley told this correspondent. 

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