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We do not trust Vajpayee: Singhal

By Luv Puri

Jammu Sept. 6. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad international working president, Ashok Singhal, today attacked the Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, for treading the secular path and threatened not to accept him as the leader of the country for the next five years.

Talking to reporters here, he said, "We (VHP) would not like to see Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the Prime Minister of the country for the next five years. The Prime Minister changes his tone and speech with time and is never consistent. It is giving an impression that India is a weak country," he alleged.

"Atalji is a good actor but we do not trust him. He makes remarkable speeches depending on the time and space but retracts them soon which is damaging the country's interests. The policy of secularism and appeasement which he is following at present will lead to his downfall. The Prime Minister is seeing all issues through a secular prism and he should abhor this policy. Mr. Singhal said the ``Central Government is a weak one and has not met the expectations of the people who voted it to power."

Referring to `Operation Parakram', he questioned the purpose of calling back the security forces from the border when the main aim to end terrorism was not served. "After the Parliament attack, the Centre should have destroyed the terrorist camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir once for all."

Asking the Centre to adopt a "strong arm policy" to tackle militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, he said, ``the present Central as well as State Governments do not have the will to curb militancy. A policy of hard pursuit is necessary to locate the terrorists and kill them." The VHP leader also had a dig at the Centre for failing to hand over the disputed 67.5 acres of land at Ayodhya to Hindus. He said, "Hindus would never spare the Central Government leaders for not giving this land and the BJP will receive a big setback on the electoral front. It is a matter of faith for the Hindus and their sentiments are attached to the construction of the Ram temple."

Terming the Archaeological Survey of India's report as a vindication of the VHP's stand, he said, "It has been proved by the ASI that a temple existed before the Babri Masjid was built. The Centre should immediately hand over the disputed structure to Hindus.'

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