Wednesday, December 25, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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J&K Govt soft on ultras: BJP
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 24
The renewed confidence of the BJP after the Gujarat poll was reflected in the political resolution passed by the National Executive of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) here today. It called upon the partymen to wrest power in all Opposition-ruled states during next year’s Assembly elections.

“The BJP enters the New Year with a renewed sense of confidence. The year 2003 is a year of Assembly elections. We shall wrest back from our opponents each state held by them,” the Executive stated in a four-page political resolution adopted at the meeting.

It rapped the Congress and the PDP for being soft on terrorists which was leading to increasing incidents of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir. As a matter of fact, it was due to the efforts of the NDA that fair and free elections were held in J and K, the resolution said.

The BJP expressed satisfaction that the people of J and K could exercise their franchise fearlessly and reaffirmed the faith in Indian democracy nurtured by the NDA.

Setting the agenda for the election campaign, the resolution said the party would focus on highlighting cultural nationalism, economic liberalism and development, good governance and the high standards of probity.

It also reaffirmed commitment to the NDA Agenda and said the Opposition would not succeed in its design to create differences among the coalition partners.

The resolution adopted on the second and concluding day of the two-day BJP National Executive said the NDA was firmly in the saddle and the Opposition would not succeed in destabilising it.

The party lauded the National Agenda for Governance and said it was aimed at bringing down poverty and augmenting the growth rate in the country.

Referring to the Opposition charge of saffronising the education system by changing the curricula, the party said the favourable verdict of the Supreme Court had exposed its designs.

“In fact, more parties have shown an interest in joining the NDA,” the resolution claimed.

The political resolution was all praise for the NDA’s resolve to tackle terrorism and commended the way it had prepared the nation to fight the menace.

It was due to the endeavour of the Centre that Pakistan had found itself isolated in the world and the terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir were feeling frustrated for the first time,” it added.

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