Some parties backing terror groups: Youth Congress chief

PALAKKAD: Ashok Tanwar, MP and Youth Congress president, has alleged that some political parties are supporting terrorist groups to achieve their narrow political interests by playing vote-bank politics.Inaugurating an Youth Congress campaign against terrorism and for protecting national integration here on Sunday Mr. Tanwar said that he was not mentioning the name of these parties, but the people of Kerala were well aware of who they were.He said terrorism had no religion and nationality, but it destroyed the nation. The rise of terrorism worldwide stemmed from the failure of some nation states. It was the creation of some great powers.

He said the foreign policies of some of these countries created terrorism. Funds, arms and money from arms trade from these countries went to terrorist groups. India was surrounded by some such nations, directly and indirectly supporting terrorist activities in the country. These countries which were facing internal conflicts were trying to foment trouble in the neighbouring countries. India should find ways to deal with these countries firmly since it could not correct them now.He said the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, during six years in power at the Centre, successfully fought against the menace of Naxalism and insurgency. People should be organised against terrorism and militancy. The political parties and other organisations should join hands to fight against terrorism.

He said globalisation had made the world a big village and brought technological revolution. But it had its bad effects too. The terrorists were using these technologies to implement easily their terrorist agenda. The Mumbai terrorist attack was an example of that.The electronic media that had shown live the terrorist attack in Mumbai helped the terrorists locate strategic points to plan further attacks on people trapped in the hotel rooms. The media should be more responsive to terrorism and militancy.

He said that when the democratic process in the Youth Congress got completed by December 2010, the organisation would have 13.5 lakh elected office-bearers, making it the biggest youth organisation in the world.In his presidential address, Youth Congress State president M. Liju asked the organisation’s office-bearers to resign from posts any of them might be holding in religious and caste-based organisations. C.V. Balachandran, DCC president; V.S. Vijayaraghavan, former MP; and P.C. Vishnunath and K. Achuthan, MLAs, spoke.

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