A day after the Mumbai blasts, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi has said it was very difficult to stop every single terror attack.
“It is very difficult to stop every single terrorist attack. The idea is that we have to fight terrorism at the local level. We have improved leaps and bounds. But terrorism is something that is impossible to stop all the time,” Gandhi said at a press conference on the second day of his visit to Orissa.
He came out in support of the government for its response time and said that 99% terror strikes in the country had been prevented with vigilance and intelligence efforts.
“We will stop 99% terror attacks but one per cent of attacks might get through. We must try to stop 100% attacks. Terrorism is something we will fight and defeat,” he said.
Reminded that there was no terror attack in the US after the 9/11 strike whereas India often faced the menace, Gandhi said Americans had been facing attacks in other places like Afghanistan. Gandhi’s remarks created a political storm with the BJP saying it would embolden terrorists.
“BJP would like to state categorically such statements will embolden all indulging in terror. I think this is a statement that will demoralise the people of the country and we cannot expect anything,” BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy said adding that his party expected the government to admit its lapse.
Senior party leader LK Advani said even though he would not comment on Rahul Gandhi’s remark, the repeated occurrence of terror attacks showed government lapses. “I will not comment on the statement. America is a democratic country like us, but I have not heard of anything after 9/11,” Advani said. Economic Times