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BJP-ruled states for stringent law to curb terrorism

October 13, 2008 14:42 IST

The BJP-ruled states on Monday raised their concern over non-inclusion of terrorism in the agenda of National Integration Council (NIC) meeting.

"I am shocked to find that the issues of terrorism don't find any mention in the agenda, though it has direct bearing on the national integration," Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi [Images] said while addressing the NIC meeting.

"A stringent law is required not only to punish the perpetrators of terrorism, but also to prevent our educated being drawn in to terrorist ideology," Modi added.

His counterparts from Uttarakhand [Images] and Karnataka too dwelt upon terrorism in their address demanding a special law to be enacted to deal with the menace of terrorism effectively.

Chief Minister of Uttarakhand B C Khanduri demanded a special law for terrorism.

"The Government of India should immediately enact a law in line with POTA and provide all institutional and infrastructural logistics and support to all state governments for the enactment and implementation of state laws in this regard," he said.

He added that terrorism is a monster that needs to be crushed by a national resolution. "It should be crushed at allcost, where ever and in what ever form it exists or appears," he said in his speech.

Suggesting to take a tough stand on terrorism, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said that terrorism is a threat to the unity and integrity of our country. "It is high time we set aside all other considerations and tackle this terror threat unitedly. The centre has to show the way in this major task of preserving the unity and integrity of this great country," he said. 

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