Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh has said that India was better off than Pakistan, where terror attacks happened, “every day, every week”.
“Even US had to go through 9/11 attacks. In a country of 1.2 billion, we have made progress. We have improved our intelligence network. But nobody can say that there won’t be any attacks. We are comparatively better than Pakistan, where attacks happen every day, every week. In our country we have tackled these attacks very well,” Singh said.
Singh, who is his party incharge of Uttar Pradesh, once again, sought to highlight the terrorist activities of Hindutva outfits.
“It is very important to stay calm and fight fundamentalist and communal forces because these are the people who are behind this (terror strikes),” he said.
Singh has been consistently stoking controversies with his allegations that RSS and its sister organisations are involved in terrorist activities.
After 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, Singh had said that he had received a call from then Mumbai anti-terrorism squad chief Hemant Karkare – hours before he was killed by terrorists – that he feared for his life from those opposed to his probe of the Malegaon blast, in which Lt Col Purohit and Sadhvi Pragya Singh were the main accused. He later produced telephone records to prove that Karkare had talked to him.
The Opposition tried to portray this as an attempt to bail out terrorist outfits operating from Pakistani soil. Interestingly, Singh, who has been a bitter critic of Home Minister P Chidambaram , threw his weight behind the Government and the home minister on Thursday.
When asked about Chidambaram’s statement that Mumbai attacks were not an intelligence failure, Singh said, “the Home Minister has a point. Please look at the track record of the home minister. It has been much better than NDA can claim. There have been less number of attacks in the last five years.” Economic Times