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Meeting of the National Executive
Ranchi - November 24-26, 2004

RESOLUTION ON INTERNAL SECURITY

The Bharatiya Janata Party expresses its serious concern over the criminally casual manner in which the nation's internal security is being handled. The internal dialogue process which was giving an impetus to the peace process in Jammu & Kashmir during the NDA government has broken down. The UPA government is completely at sea about combating the insurgency in the North East, also the increasing ISI activity and the support the insurgents are getting from the camps in Bngladesh. The emergence of a kind of a Maoist Red Corridor from the Nepal border to Andhra Pradesh covering several states has added a challenging dimension to our security. Infiltration from Bangladesh continues unabated. The subversive activities of the ISI in the country, is a matter of grave concern.

What is the attitude of the UPA government to these challenges? It is entirely influenced in its handling of the national security compulsions by vote bank politics.

The issue of illegal infiltration from Bangladesh to India amounts to a demographic invasion of India. This issue cannot be handled through politically partisan approach. Infiltrators cannot be seen only as potential voters. It has serious social and security dimensions. The UPA government instead of adopting a focused and firm approach has been apologetic even about our census figures, and has shown a complete lack of firmness in dealing with infiltrators. The BJP holds that the IMDT Act ought to be repealed as initiated by the NDA government.

India has been at the receiving end of both internal and cross-border terrorism. Thousands of our fellow citizens and security personnel have fallen to terror. Yet motivated only by vote-bank considerations, the UPA government has repealed India's anti-terror laws. The nation will have to pay for this short-sighted and politically motivated decision.

The Kashmir policy of the UPA has left the nation bewildered. There is a lack of clarity in the government about the basic ideological roots of the problems between India and Pakistan. The omission of any reference to cross-border terrorism in the Joint statements by Pakistani President Musharaff and Indian Prime Minster Manmohan Singh is reflective of the government's mindset. The statement of the External Affairs ministers on the Pakistani President's pronouncements coupled with the Prime Minister's assertion that "All options are open" for solving the Kashmir issue further compound the situation.

The recent decision of the government to lift the ban on the People's War Group and to allow the Naxalites to move in Andhra Pradesh with arms is entirely reprehensible and must be condemned. The recent killing of 17 policeman in UP by the Maoists is a reminder, if still needed of how serious the situation has become. During the last Lok Sabha elections a nexus between the congress and its allies and extremist were visible.

The situation in North-East has markedly deteriorated. The serial blast in different states of the North-East, trouble in Manipur, and lack of progress in the Nagaland Peace talks are all a matter of deep concern. The government's talk of abolishing or diluting the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, has further emboldened secessionist forces.

Lack of police reforms, and the increasing rate of crimes has installed a sense of fear in the minds of the Indian people. In Urban centers, crimes against women are on the rise. Lack of progress in curtailing, crimes against women are on the rise. Lack of progress in curtailing the underworld and anti-social forces especially in Bihar, UP, and Mumbai is pushing the people in a vortex of insecurity. Rampant corruption in the Urban police force is also a matter of grave concern.

Therefore the BJP National Executive calls upon the Government :

  • The situation in J&K , progress in the peace process.
  • To desist from snatching away from our defense forces instruments that are necessary to fight terrorists and secessionists ;
  • To scrap the IMDT Act, which has completely disabled security and civilian authorities from deporting Bangladeshi.

Infiltrators and which has, perversely, served as an open invitation for a demographic invasion of India;

  • To implement a multi-purpose National Identity Card for all citizens as decided by NDA Govt.
  • To implement the prohibition against the carrying of unlicensed arms by any one.
  • To institute forthwith an integrated command for entire North East.
  • To institute a joint command and task force for crushing the Naxalite terrorists adequently deling with Naxalite terrorist.
  • To firmly scotch moves that seek to pull Kashmir away from the rest of India under the pretext of talks;
  • To scrupulously implement recommendations of the four Task Forces that had been set up by the NDA Government in the wake of the Kargil War.
  • To act on the dire warnings and detailed recommendations that intelligence agencies have given in regard to the growth and perverse use of some Madaras all along the country's borders.
  • To reinforce coordination with the government of Nepal, and to give it all possible assistance in fighting the insurgency that has paralyzed that country.
  • To expeditiously carry forward the numerous proposals that had been initiated by the NDA Government with the Government of Myanmar.
  • To draft a strict and decisive strategy to combat underworld, and anti-social forces.

Time is of the essence. There is no alternative to decisive action. We call upon the UPA Government to act, and do so immediately only with national interest as the priority.