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Bharatiya Janata Party National Executive Meeting
September 26, 2002 at New Delhi


An emergency meeting of the Members of the National Executive of the Bharatiya Janata Party was held in New Delhi today at the party headquarters under the Presidentship of Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, where the following Resolution was passed:

"The National Executive strongly condemns the terrorist attack on the Akshardham Temple on 24th September, 2002. This attack is a barbaric assault on humanity. This attack is a manifestation of the frustration of the terrorists and their mentors after their designs to disrupt the democratic and the popular elections have been defeated by the people of Jammu & Kashmir. It is a matter of satisfaction that the people of Jammu & Kashmir have demonstrated their commitment to the democratic process under the Constitution of India by voting in large numbers braving continuous onslaught unleashed by mercenaries of Pakistan engineered cross-border terrorism.

The dastardly attack on the Swaminarayan Temple in Gujarat is a part of a larger conspiracy to weaken our country, disrupt our social fabric and bring our polity under strain by instigating social tensions. It is a calculated effort to deflect our nation's march away from the path of development. Forces inimical to India have been doing this for a long time now.

At this testing time the maturity of the Indian people is also on trial. We need to speak in one voice against this menace of terrorism. We must not allow any social tension to overtake us since by doing so we would be falling into the trap set for us by the terrorists.

The Bharatiya Janata Party shares the grief of all families, which have lost their family members in this gruesome assault. The Bharatiya Janata Party places on record its deep sense of appreciation on the expeditious manner in which the security personnel limited the damage to human life, prevented any major damage to the temple shrine and liquidated the terrorists. The BJP compliments the people of India particularly the people of Gujarat for the manner in which they have reacted to this grave provocation and remained calm and peaceful.

It is time for the world at large to understand the diabolical designs of Pakistan and realize that it is an established headquarters of terrorism. It is ironical that Pakistan, on the one hand is claiming to be a member of the international coalition against terrorism while on the other it has been unabashedly patronizing terrorism.

BJP calls upon the people of the country to stand united and speak in one voice in the face of conspiratorial designs to weaken our country and expose Pakistan. It is becoming increasingly intolerable for patriotic citizens of our country to accept such actions lying down. While the Government of India has succeeded on the diplomatic front by isolating Pakistan in the international arena, is successfully holding elections in Jammu & Kashmir and has taken many initiatives for curbing and countering terrorism, it is time now to take further steps for totally eliminating and wiping out the terrorist menace from the country.

Rising above narrow political and partisan considerations, the nation has to be more vigilant to frustrate the evil designs of the enemy. Let us join hands to strengthen the fabric of social harmony and unity to a degree that no one can dare to breach. The need of the hour is for a change in the mindset for promoting solidarity.

The Bharatiya Janata Party shall organize an "Anti-Terrorism Day" all over the country on 1st October 2002 wherein Party leaders will visit various States and address meetings.