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NSA letter: BJP attacks govt

NSA letter: BJP attacks govt

Author: Times News Network
Publication: The Times of India
Date: July 22, 2006

Introduction: BIP said if the Mumbai blasts were a wake-up call for the Centre, the NSA's alleged letter about LeT infiltration into the IAF should shake the government out of its stupor

National security advisor M K Narayanan's warning against possible infiltration of the Indian Air Force by Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists prompted BJP on Friday to ask the government to change its mindset.

For its part, Congress wanted the authenticity of Narayanan's letter to the chief ministers and chiefs of armed forces to be verified first. As TV channels splashed the NSA's letter in the afternoon a crisis of sorts seemed to have descended on the Capital's power corridors. Seemingly shaken by the waves of 'breaking news', the PMO refused to comment on the media report. "We have no views to offer," a senior official said.

Narayanan himself was not available for comments. His office did not issue any clarification either. On the other hand, BJP stepped up its campaign against terror. "We expect the government to completely change its mindset; this should shake up the establishment," BJP general secretary Arun Jaitley said.

He demanded that India's intelligence and security networks be strengthened along with toning up the legal framework to cope with the situation in the wake of attacks. "The government should come out with a detailed statement to reassure the country," he said. He said if the Mumbai blasts were a wake-up call, the NSA's letter should shake the government out of its stupor.

Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi questioned the correctness of what had been reported by the TV channels. "We do not react to speculative reports; firstly, the authenticity of the letter has to be verified," he said.

Singhvi said that if the letter was authentic the party would look into the matter.

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