Left stand to fool people: BJP

via www.newindpress.com published on April 27, 2006

PALAKKAD: The stand of the Left parties that they would vote against the Bill intended to amend the IRDA (Insurance Regulatory Development Authority) Act to hike foreign direct investment in the insurance sector from the existing 26 per cent to 49 per cent, was only a smokescreen to fool the people and it should not be taken seriously, according to BJP leader Murali Manohar Joshi.

Addressing media persons here on Tuesday, Joshi said that the Left parties only barked but did not bite. The Left parties had made similar noises during the introduction of the Patents Bill also, he said.

He said the only common minimum programme between the Congress and the Left was to keep the BJP out of power. He challenged the Left parties to withdraw support if the UPA Government went ahead with the passing of the Bill to amend the IRDA Act.

Murali Manohar Joshi said that whether it was the reservation in government services for members of a particular community in Andhra Pradesh or the headcount in armed forces, the UPA Government was pursuing communal appeasement and taking the country to the pre-1947 days. These were the same demands of the then Muslim League which led to the partition of the country, he said.

He said while both the LDF and the UDF demanded the release of Madani who was arrested for the Coimbatore bomb blasts; they did not utter a word on the need for humane treatment to be given to the Shankaracharya.

Joshi said that India should not make any compromise on the need for maintaining a credible minimum deterrence of the country’s nuclear programme.

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