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Indian party backtracks on UN investigation

Publication Date : 17-01-2013


Two days after the head of India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) urged New Delhi to raise in the United Nations the issue of beheading of an Indian soldier by Pakistan, the party yesterday said there was no need to approach the world body.

“We should not approach anybody,” said party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar when asked if the party felt the need to raise the matter before the United Nations as suggested by BJP president Nitin Gadkari.

“I expect the government of India to take this up in the United Nations. We should raise the issue in international platforms to isolate Pakistan…The prime minister should not keep quiet,” Gadkari had said in Mathura.

Press Trust of India (PTI) said the issue was also raised by the National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon during his meeting with Leaders of the Opposition on Tuesday.

While Menon explained that the government was against such a step as it would internationalise the issue, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley is understood to have told Menon that this was not the party’s position and Gadkari’s comments might have been misunderstood.

The BJP yesterday demanded that the government should take concrete “real action” to make Pakistan understand that it should not dare to commit such a “barbaric” act again.

“We have to expose Pakistan at every available opportunity,” said Javadekar.

“It is not a matter of condemnation or verbal response. It needs a real response and this is the time when we can get a response whereby Pakistan will not indulge in such an act again,” Javadekar said.

Upping the ante against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, BJP said when the whole nation was outraged over the beheading incident, “even the verbal response from the prime minister came after a week. This is the weakness of the Prime Minister,” the BJP spokesperson said.

Javadekar attacked Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi for not speaking out on the LoC issue, saying, “on which sensitive issue have they spoken?”

“They have not spoken on terrorism, price rise, terrorism across the border or the situation in Jammu and Kashmir,” he claimed.

The BJP leader also charged the government with not talking in one language on the issue and its ministers with taking different positions.

“Government is not speaking in one language. Salman Khurshid and Manish Tewari and others are speaking in different tones.

The government has to be united in its approach, in its tenor, in its language and in its response,” he said.


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