What are these terrorists planning?

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Four terrorists are on the loose in Mumbai city according to the police and the sketch of one was even released by the police on Thursday. As the police continue to chase these terrorists with the help of the intelligence bureau who are passing on inputs, it has become clear that these men have slipped in from Bangladesh via West Bengal.
On these persons arriving at Mumbai, an alert was sounded off and it was also said that these men were planning on carrying out strikes at high profile places which also included the police headquarters. Prior to the alert being sounded off against these four men, there was another alert three days back in which it was said terrorists may try and target Mumbai and Ahmedabad.
Interestingly the Mumbai police had a similar task on hand ahead of the Ganesh festival celebrations. At that time the intercept was that two terrorists had entered into the city and planned on carrying out attacks in the city. The two men Kalimuddin Khan alias Rameshwar Pundit and Hafiz Sareef had come into the city in the month of September and had planned on disrupting the festival. However till date these men have not been apprehended as yet.
The pattern looks interesting and according to intelligence bureau officials, such things would continue to happen and it could be seen more in Mumbai.
The first thing that one notices is that the Lashkar-e-Tayiba is sending in a lot of its cadres from Bangladesh into Mumbai when compared to the Pakistan cadres who were a regular in this city earlier. The second thing is that these men actually do not go ahead with the attack and vanish all of a sudden without leaving a trail.
The IB explains to rediff.com that in future Mumbai will see more and more men of the Lashkar from the Bangladesh unit. This is a carefully thought out move since there is more inputs on the Pakistan cadres when compared to their counterparts in Bangladesh. Post 26/11 the borders we share with Pakistan was better manned when compared to the one we have with Bangladesh. Infiltrating through the Bangladesh border is easier since there are not enough checks in West Bengal and this makes it an easier route for terrorists to enter.
The second point is that these men are not always sent to carry out attacks. Their job is basically to set up modules and also pass on money to the existing cadres. They do not come in with arms or ammunition in order to avoid the heat. They usually carry on them information and also money that will be passed on to the cadres who are part of the modules in Mumbai.
Such cadres who come into the city apart from doing the job of passing on information and money also act as distractions for the security agencies. They normally do this and ensure that a bit of information regarding them is passed on so that they can undertake a different mission without having the heat on them which would be more serious in nature. These men more often just slip into the city and then slip out immediately. They never hang around in the same place, the IB also adds.
There has been an exercise over the past couple of months to strengthen their base in the city and this is a continuing exercise. However such things cannot be taken for granted as they do also carry with them an element of surprise and could well strike and hence it becomes absolutely necessary to issue an advisory as we need people to be on alert.
The four Lashkar militants who are from Bangladesh have now been identified as Abdul Kareem Moosa, Noor Abu Ilahi, Walid Jinnah and Mahfooz Alam. The Mumbai police say that there are very much within the city and one of them could have even changed his appearance. The police are however taking no chances and have even formed a special squad to arrest these men. Apart from this the police have also sought information from the general public regarding these men.

Kashmiri’s deadly plan for the West

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Ilyas Kashmiri who took over as the Chief Military Strategist for the Al-Qaeda has been classified as the most dangerous man alive today. While his existence raises a lot of concern for India, the West has more to worry about since he has been put exclusively in charge of recruiting forces to carry out a spate of attacks across the West in the wake of the holiday seasons that are coming up. Now with the West sounding off a holiday alert the specific intercepts that they have got is that Kashmiri is training his guns to launch an attack with at least 100 fidayeen fighters and carry the battle on for more than a week resulting in one of the biggest hostage crisis ever.

Indian Intelligence agencies told rediff.com that their counterparts are in touch with them from the Western countries regarding this man since he has been attempting to recruit youth from both Pakistan and India to carry out these operations. The intercept goes on to suggest that the he has breathed in a lot of life into the Al-Qaeda ever since he took over the military operations and his one point agenda is the destruction of the West and India.

According to intelligence agencies he has been given this important charge since the Al-Qaeda felt that it was dropping in terms of strength especially in the Western nations. He will be seen less in the battle field in Afghanistan and would focus more on building up the network for both Al-Qaeda both in India and the West.

Intercepts suggest that he has been working on a deadly plan to carry out strikes in France, England and Germany during the holiday season. However these intercepts could be misguiding and Kashmiri is known to strike when the radar on his outfit is relatively lower which goes on to indicate that he is patience personified.

The West has much more to worry about according to the IB since his role is more specific to that region. He believes that the West is the primary cause which led to the suppression of the Islamic movement and breaking into their security is his key motive. As far as India is concerned, Kashmiri has currently being focusing more on the Kashmir region. The Wikileaks cable on him suggested that he has been taking keen interest in the region and the Al-Qaeda has been pumping in a lot of money for the Kashmir battle.

Indian agencies say that Kashmiri is a master of the trade and he is capable of producing results. His original plan to execute the 26/11 attacks which was eventually hijacked by the Lashkar-e-Tayiba at the behest of the ISI is a clear indication of what the man is capable of. India has already requested for his extradition but the Pakistanis have denied any knowledge about him despite Kashmiri giving interviews from the South Wazirstan region.

India has a lot to gain from the extradition of Kashmiri. If at all he is captured and handed over to the US who also say that he is their most wanted man, India too should be given an opportunity to question him. Kashmiri’s network in India is a strong one and we believe that he has helped David Headley, the recee man of the 26/11 attack a great when the latter was carrying out his mission. Headley could not have done it alone and if one looks at Home Minister Chidamabaram’s statement he makes it clear when he told the US that he feels it in his bones that Headley had support in India.

Indian agencies want to find out whether it was Kashmiri who arranged for the local support for Headley. He was in constant touch with him during the lead up to the 26/11 attack and Headley’s statements to the Indian agencies also go on to suggest that the two had planned more attacks on Indian soil.

While these are the woes of the Indian agencies, the West too is keenly watching his movements. They believe that he will attempt to strike in that part of the world first. Kashmiri’s attack style has always been a military styled operation which involves a hostage crisis. The intercepts from the West too indicate the same and they have shared information with their Indian counterparts regarding the style of attack that he is planning to launch. He has been recruiting and training Fidayeen fighters for this operation. In the words of Kashmiri himself he would like to send in at least 100 fidayeen fighters into the West and carry out a never before like operation which would drag on for at least two weeks. He had also indicated that in such an operation he would ensure that they take as many hostages as possible and strike a hard bargain with the West.

Read More: Kashmiri the new Al-Qaeda Boss

Is Aseemanand the man?


Swami Aseemanand. Photo courtesy: NDTV
Swami
Aseemanand who also goes by the alias Jatin Chatterjee is in the
thick of action with the National Investigating Agency now saying
that they want to probe him in connection with the Samjautha
blasts. This is the second time around that investigators are
making an attempt to crack the Samjautha blasts case in which 68
persons a majority of whom were of Pakistani origin lost their
lives. The irony of this case is that when investigations first
commenced, the agencies had suspected that it was the
Lashkar-e-Tayiba that carried it out. However now with the NIA
stepping in the probe appears to have taken a different angle to it
and they suspect that it was the group that carried out the
Malegaon blasts which also carried out the Samjautha blasts.
Sources told rediff.com that the investigations
would rely heavily upon the statements of Swami Aseemanand whose
identity was revealed recently when the Central Bureau of
Investigation stepped up the heat on him in connection with the
Ajmer and Mecca Masjid blasts. Investigators say that they have
been on the trail of this group ever since Sadhvi Pragya Singh was
arrested in connection with the Malegaon case. Her arrest lead to
the arrests of Colonel Shrikanth Purohith and god man Dayanand
Pandey who also spoke vaguely about the Samjautha blasts, according
to investigators. However for the investigators, the clincher was
the statement of Dayanand Pandey who during his narco analysis test
in Bangalore had said that these blasts were planned by them and it
was the Sadhvi and Colonel Purohith who finally executed it. The
Mumbai ATS which was then probing the Malegaon case under Hemanth
Karkare also mentioned this briefly in the remand application of
Purohith. However the ATS was not able to find anything more on the
Samjautha case and went ahead and filed a specific chargesheet in
the Malegaon case. When one of the investigators in this case was
asked as to why there was a lull regarding this case for so long,
he draws attention to the fact that Pandey had spoken about another
man who was above all of them while these blasts were being
executed or even planned. They say that they had got details
regarding this man, but did not want to reveal it at that time
since they had to launch a man hunt for him before collecting more
details. Today investigators believe that this man who Pandey had
spoken about was Aseemanand. He will be crucial to the
investigation since we need to take it forward from where Pandey
had left it. Investigators so far have found that there was a
meeting of many persons including Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Sunil
Joshi and few others in the year 2006 at Gujarat. During the
meeting they had decided to avenge the blasts at Sankat Mochan in
Varanasi. Investigators point out that to avenge this blast and a
few others these persons decided that they would carry out attacks
at Mecca Masjid, the Samjautha Express and also at Ajmer. Following
this meeting there was another one in Indore in which it was
allegedly decided that they would go ahead with the attack. The
investigating agency say that the material was procured from
Indore. This was in fact a break made by the Haryana police who had
tracked that material procured for these blasts were from the
Kothari market in Indore. The NIA now has its task cut out and will
probe Aseemanand to get a final clarity on this case. An
application was submitted before the Panchkula court which is
seized off the Samjautha matter seeking custody of Aseemanand to
probe him in connection with this case. The application was
submitted attached with material which had they had against the God
man in this particular case.

Will they remain in this list forever?

A new list was prepared after the Varanasi blast comprising 31 names.

1. Riyaz Bhatkal, 2. Iqbal Bhatkal, 3. Mohsin Chaudhary, 4. Abdul Subhan , 5. Mirza Shadab Beig, 6. Ariz Khan

The names on the list may not be as big as the ones which one would find in the dossier sent to Pakistan, but security agencies say that the names on this new list cannot be ignored since they are the ones who will cause trouble to India in the future.

The list prepared and termed as Most Wanted Terrorists comprise jihadis from the Indian Mujahideen and the Jam-I-yyathul Ansarul Muslimeen (JIAM) which is strongest in Kerala and Karnataka.

Before getting into the names, it would be interesting to see what exactly the Jam-I-yyathul Ansarul Muslimeen is. This according to the Intelligence Bureau is a shadow of the Indian Mujahideen which is strongest in Kerala and Karnataka. The name of this group came to the limelight for the first time after the Bangalore serial blasts. In addition to this T Nasir, the main accused in the Bangalore blasts too has spoken about this organization and has termed it as a growing outfit which focuses more on recruitments and fund collecting which are ultimately used by the Indian Mujahideen.

Interestingly in the list of 31, ten are from Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh comes second with 8 names. Let us take a look at the names and the role each one has had to play in spreading terror in India.

The Indian Mujahideen list:

KARNATAKA

Riyaz Bhatkal: The man responsible for setting up the Indian Mujahideen along with Amir Reza who is based in Pakistan. Bhatkal started off as a ordinary messenger in Bhatkal giving information to Hindus and Muslims for money in an already charged up communally sensitive town called Bhatkal in coastal Karnataka. He was also accused of murder which he had claimed was a false case. His disgruntlement with the system led the ISI to tapping him and roping him in to form the Indian Mujahideen. He shuttles between Sharjah and Karachi and according to the IB is very much active.

Iqbal Bhatkal: Also hailing from Bhatkal, he is the brother of Riyaz. He is believed to have influenced Riyaz’s decision to a large extent. He was already an extremist before the Indian Mujahideen was formed. He is believed to have helped alter the communal nature of Bhatkal to a large extent. However after the formation of the IM, he joined the outfit and his area of operation has been more in the state of Gujarat.

Yasin Bhatkal: Another brother of Riyaz Bhatkal, his name first came to the picture following the blasts at Bangalore. He was largely into recruitment with his brother Riyaz and handled Karnataka for a long period of time before having to leave the country.

Mudassir: Also goes by the name Saif. He was focused on the preparation of bombs. His involvement into the IM started at the time, Riyaz decided to change his path. Riyaz who was well known to Muddasir roped him immediately and sent him to train in preparation of bombs. He is believed to have prepared the bombs that were used in the Delhi blasts two years back. He too is currently believed to be hiding in Pakistan.

UTTAR PRADESH

Ariz Khan: A key member of the IM originally from Azamgarh, his major operation was the Delhi blasts two years back. Although he hailed from Uttar Pradesh, his primary focus was on building the Delhi module. He coordinated along with another operative by the name Shahzad to carry out both attacks and also recruitments. Khan who also goes by the alias Junaid managed to flee the country after this incident, but his associate Shehzad was nabbed. During the investigation, the Delhi police found that Khan was fled through Pakistan before stopping over at Nepal.

Mirza Shahdab Baig: A key member of the Uttar Pradesh module. According to the IB, he handled most of the recruitments in the IM. His area of operation was restricted to Uttar Pradesh and he focused on roping in youth from that state itself.

Mohammed Sajid and Mohammad Khalid: Once again hailing from Azamgarh, these men were crucial to the operations in New Delhi. They shuttled between Delhi and UP and tried building a road map for the IM. In addition to this they also were very close to Dr Shahnawaz who today is accused of masterminding the Varanasi attack. These men are believed to be in Nepal and would look to carry out operations in UP and build the outfit yet again.

Dr Shahnawaz: Believed to be in Sharjah, he was the most crucial member in the IM for the Delhi module at least. Closely associated with the Bhatkal brothers, Shahnawaz who is a resident of Azamgarh is said to be controlling operations from Sharjah. A doctor by profession his name came to light during the deadly Delhi blasts and once again during the Batla house encounter after which he managed to flee the country.

Asadullah Akhtar: Second in command to Dr Shahnawaz, Akhthar was a pharmacist and is said to have joined the IM at the insistence of Shahnawaz. He along with his master closely monitored the Delhi blasts and was involved right from the planning stages. He is also currently believed to be in Sharjah.

Abu Rashid and Sharfuddin: These were foot soliders in the Indian Mujahideen and also belong to Uttar Pradesh. They are believed to have played an active part in the Delhi blasts and helped gather logistic support for the Indian Mujahideen. The duo according to agencies are in Nepal today.

GUJARAT

Mujeeb and Alamzeb Afridi: For the Gujarat blasts the IM was particular that it would not use too many of their operatives from that state as they did not wish to leave a trail. Mujeeb who is part of the Gujarat module joined the IM the day it was launched and helped with logistics during the blasts. He also used the help of his associate Afridi who goes by the name Chikna to help the IM operatives have a safe passage into Gujarat to carry out the blasts. However the role played by the original Gujarat operatives was restricted due to the above mentioned reasons.

JHARKHAND
Danish and Manzar Imamuddin Khan: Probably one of the smallest modules of the IM, these two men were in charge of setting up a larger module at Jharkhand. The two men reported to the Delhi module of the IM and there were plans afloat to set up full fledged modules in Jharkhand before the heat was stepped up. There were also reports of these men cozying up to anti social elements in the state to increase their strength. In addition to this the role of these men in the Surat blasts was also probed. The two men have now fled the country.


MAHARASHTRA

Abdus Subhan: The tech guru of the IM, this man started off by editing a newspaper printed by SIMI before he made the transition into the IM. While the Bhatkal brothers are credited with setting up the IM, Subhan is the one who breathed life into the organization. His first job was to rope in the arrested Mansoor Pheerbhuoy and set up the tech cell of the Indian Mujahideen which had foxed investigating agencies to a large extent. The IB says that he did not specifically report only to the Maharashtra module, but had a bigger role to play in the outfit. Like Safdar Nagori, he was in over all charge of the outfit. However after the serial blasts, he fled the country and there are specific inputs of him hiding in Karachi today.


Abu Faisal: He was with the IM in the Maharashtra module  and was largely involved in setting up one of the strongest modules in the state at Pune. When Subhan was in the country, he worked closely with him and helped him set up the outfit. In addition to this he also managed to rope in youth to join the movement.

Mohsin Chaudhary: A crucial member who is still capable of dishing out an attack due to the deep rooted contacts he has in the state. While the police claim that the Pune module of the IM has been busted following the German Bakery blasts, they still have a cause for concern since Chaudhary is still at large. Chaudhary is the one who masterminded the Pune blasts and his role is under the scanner in the Varanasi blasts as well. Chaudhary is in the Gulf according to reports.

The JIAM list from Karnataka and Kerala:

Mohammed Hussain Farhan, Maulana Sultan Shah, Azam, Jasim, Samir Salim Khan, Wasim, KP Sabir, Mohammed Azhar, Yusuf, Shafiq, Raisal PA, Mohammed Shabir: Each of these men had a role to play in the growth of this shadow outfit which was set up strengthen the roots of both the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and the Indian Mujahideen in South India. The IB says all these are members of the IM and have been using a different name in order to avoid being on the radar. They helped carry out the Bangalore blasts under the guise of the JIAM in order avoid heat on IM operatives. However the investigations that followed and also the interrogation of T Nasir blew the lid of this outfit. These operatives were involved in collecting funds and also created a safe passage for funds between South India and the Gulf.

RSS scared of being exposed

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The RSS are a worried lot as their people are getting caught in terror probes and the BJP is scared as to what may emerge at the end of these investigations controversial congress leader Digvijay Singh said.
Singh who launched the attack against the RSS calling them Nazis and linking them to terror continued in the same breath and said that unlike the BJP the congress has nothing to hide.
On his remarks regarding his talk with the late Hemanth Karkare he said that he maintains that he had spoken. However he also added that he has made request to the BSNL, but they have not provided him with the call records.
Regarding UP he said that the Congress will contest the elections alone and will not tie up with anyone. Asked about the Bihar debacle he said UP can’t be compared with Bihar. In bihar we won 2 out of 40 Lok Sabha seats where as in UP we won 22 out of 80. So our assembly performance in UP will be proportionately better.
On Assam which polls in 2011 he said Congress is expecting a big win irrespective of allying with a party or going it alone.
On Jaitley’s remark that the Prime Minister was hiding something in the 2G scam, he rubbished it and said the PM has answered all questions during his speech at the plenary this morning. He also termed the statement of the PM in which he offered to appear before the PAC as a master stroke and the BJP had no right to make any comments. He also said that various agencies are probing the 2G scam and if a JPC is set up it has nothing to probe since all aspects of the investigations have been taken care off.
On the Ayodhya issue he said that the matter can still be resolved amicably if clerics from both sides are willing to sit down and arrive at an amicable solution. An out of court settlement in my view be the best solution for the problem.

Wasnik asked to explain Bihar poll debacle

Sonia Gandhi and Mukul Wasnik. Photo courtesy: The Tribune

Congress president Sonia Gandhi summoned party general secretary in charge of Bih

Wasnik asked to explain Bihar poll debacle

ar Mukul Wasnik and asked him to explain his position on the allegation that he had sough financial favours to allot seats in the Bihar elections where the congress got a drubbing.
This comes in the wake of the Bihar Congress members stepping up the attack against Wasnik who was Congress in charge of Bihar during the recent elections. The trouble for Wasnik began yesterday when BPCC members raised slogans when he took the dais.
The members who shouted slogans such as Wasnik chor hai today distributed thousand’s of pamphelts alleging that Wasnik had taken Rs 10 to Rs 30 lakhs to allot seats during the Bihar elections. They alleged that 142 of the 243 seats were sold to unfit candidates from outside and anti social elements. Though Wasnik was the main person in the eye of the storm the pampheltes todat named Ashok Kumar, Sagar Raitha and Imran Kidwai of also having ruining the parties chances in the elections.
Now the agitating leaders are planning to meet the top leadership under the banner of Bihar Congress Bachao Sangharsh Morcha. The PCC and AICC members from Bihar will also meet Sonia Gandhi and raise this issue. They will demand for action against these leaders apart from seeking a CBI probe against these leaders.

The Congress leaders from Bihar present at the plenary wondered if factionalism had a role to play in the release of the pamphlets and said that these persons mentioned above ruined the name of Rahul Gandhi in the state.

TMC to review alliance after Cong remarks

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The statements of Deepa Dashmunshi, wife of Priyaranjan Dasnunshi have not gone down too well with the TMC and the party leadership will meet at 4 PM today to look into her comments regarding the alliance.

Sources said that the TMC will look into the statements and may reconsider allying with the congress for the forthcoming West Bengal elections. The party leaders have expressed hope of a comprehensive victory in the state elections without the Congress. Some of the leaders say that they are not the junior ally in West Bengal like in the UPA and they are capable of going it alone and sweeping the polls. The leaders felt that Deepas comments were unwarranted. They wonder if Deepas statements were her own or did it have the sanction of the leadership.

Deepa had said yesterday that TMC is part of the UPA government and yet it issues statements against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and government policies and Mamata Bannerjee puts no photos of PM or Sonia Gandhi when she inaugurates projects in West Bengal.

She added that the Congress should not have a tie-up in which there is no faith or confidence and in any case not give TMC the seats where the Congress is strong or has a sitting MLA. Her comments came soon after Manic Tagore’s comments on which he sought a review of the alliance with the DMK.

Meanwhile the Congress leaders at the plenary are reviewing whether such statements are warranted ahead of crucial assembly elections. They say that the party leadership should not blindly threaten the allies and important forces such as the TMC can be done away with.

‘The Prime Minister should be above suspicion’

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at AICC. Photo courtesy: Indian Express

Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh said that a Prime Minister should be above suspicion and he is ready to appear before the PAC even though there is no precedent to do so. Speaking at the AICC plenary, Dr Singh said that this plenary is being held in the midst of several scams and fingers being pointed at the government.

My government is committed to wiping out corruption. Pointing to the 2G scam he said that he is ready to write to the PAC and tell them that he would be ready to appear before it if the need be.
The PM assured that his government will take seriously the five point agenda laid down by Sonia Gandhi to eradicate corruption.
Explaining that there is no need for a JPC, he rubbished the allegations by the BJP that the UPA was avoiding this as a cover up measure. He said that the moment the CAG submitted the report on the 2G scam the minister concerned stepped down. The report has now been sent to the PAC. All aspects of the 2g scam are being probed and the PAC has all the powers of a JPC. The CBI is also looking into the issue ubnder the supervision of the supreme court.
The government is obligated to act on the PAC report and let the country be rest assured that we will act.

I have nothing to hide from the public and no person be it a minister, officer will be spared if found guilty. If there are short comings we will act and I seek your support for the same.
We wanted to discuss these issues in Parliament and were open to debate but the same opposition which cannot remove its own corrupt CMs did not allow parliament to function. On the other hand the Congress has removed leaders who have allegations of coRruption against them when charges were not proven.

Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh speaking at the AICC plenary said that despite tensions with Pakistan India wishes them well. We are committed to hacing better relations with Pakistan, but that could happen only if Pakistan didn’t allow its borders for terrorism against India.
The PM said that the South Asian countries should not fight against each other but work together to eradicate poverty, unemployment and other issues.
After the 26/11 attacks we have taken a lot of steps to enhance security. Our security apparatus has improved and our intelliegence gatjering and sharing has improved. However the blasts ay Varanasi and Pune have shown us that terrorism is a long drawn battle and we need to be vigilant at all times.

On the naxal issue the PM said that we need to rise above politics anbd work with state governments. Let the country be assured that my government is giving all support to the state governments to combat this problem. We need to look deep into this issue and I am confident that the problem will be solved. We will suceed on this issue he also said.
Our relations with the international community is growing. India is a very important country and in the days to come the importance of our country will only grow further. We share a great relation with Russia and this alliance will continue. Our relations with the United Tstaes is also growing and this is a very important relationship. On China the PM said that the relations are good, but there are certain issues and I am hopeful of sorting these issues.

Will the Cong-DMK alliance survive 2G scam?

Nothing to laugh anymore. Photo courtesy: Business Line

Cracks in the Congress-DMK alliance were evident at the AICC plenary session in New Delhi with a series of back door meetings being held in this regard.
An emergency meeting comprising Sonia Gandhi, P Chidambaram and PCC chief Tangabalu was held back stage where the DMK issue was discussed. In addition to this some of the Tamil Nadu leaders sought clarity on the issue and said that there is a need to distance themselves from the DMK since they felt that the association was tarnishing the image of the party. They also complained that questions were being asked and some of them found themselves in an embarassing position.
The ball was however set rolling when  Manicka Tagore, MP from Virudhunagar in Tamil Nadu warned that it would not be right to blindly accept the DMK alliance.
Sources said that during the meeting last night in Delhi it was said that some Congress leaders were apprehensive about continuing an alliance with the DMK in the wake of the 2G spectrum scam which specifically had the names of DMK leaders A Raja and kanimozhi. The Congress feels that the people have started asking questions about the alliance and the image of the party should not be allowed to suffer due to one alliance from one state.
The meeting also discussed the recent observations by the Supreme court of India on the 2G scam. The leaders said that there is a need to protect the image of the Prime Minister and hence the party should distance itself from the DMK. However some leaders including Tangabalu were not in favour of immediately snapping ties with the DMK and said that there was already a move within the DMK to drop Kanimozhi and Raja. They felt that it would be better to wait for the DMK to act on its own rather than the Congress acting on its own.
However the DMK is a divided house over this issue. While a section of the DMK feels that they should drop the two scam tainted leaders, there is resistence from the supremo Karunanidhi over this issue.

The Congress resolution

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Seeking to defend the comments made by Rahul Gandhi on saffron terror, the Congres at its plenary session in New Delhi resolved to call upon the government to tackle this menace in the strongest possible manner and investigate links between terrorists and the RSS and its sister organizations that have been uncovered in recent cases.

Slamming the Left parties, the Congress in its resolution passed in the party’s 83rd plenary, said that “in states like West Bengal, Kerala and Tripura, the Congress emphatically rejects all attempts to perpetrate a cycle of violence for political or electoral advantage.”

“The party is alarmed by the increased attempts to control and capture areas and zones by violent means and intimidation. Politics based on ‘capture’ and ‘recapture’ of areas and attempts to create safe zones by violence and intimidation must be defeated,” the party said in its resolution.

Then, turning its attention to the BJP, the Congress said the party has been brazen in its attitude towards corruption, both at the centre and state.

“After the shameful findings of the KArgil scam and taped revelations of murky purchases, putting national security at risk and bringing shame to the country, the BJP refused to act and in fact rehabilitated the then defence minister before even te completion of inquiry,” it said.

It said the BJP had a history of double standards on corruption involving “senior most leadership and occupants of highest offices including chief minister and ministers.”

In protecting the Karnataka chief minister and others accused of plundering national resources, the BJP and the CPI-M have “demonstrated their moral bankruptcy and political hypocrisy,” the party said.

“The BJP has unleashed a flood of corruption in the political arena just to grab power,” the resolution said, slamming the opposition party for giving an “open call to other parties’ MLAs to cross the floor. “Various methods have been adopted to defeat the very purpose of the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution on anti-defection,” it said.

The Congress also slammed BJP’s parent organization, the RSS.

“The very basis of secularism is threatened by the ideology of the BJP and its affiliate organizations like the RSS, which spreads hatred and violence. The RSS and VHP are insidious in their efforts to break India.

Taking a dig at the Congress biggest nemesis Narendra Modi, the resolution said: “The BJP, RSS and the VHP continue to hide their prejudice and atrocities committed by them behind the rhetoric of economic progress and pseudo-nationalism. WE cannot be indifferent to the plight of our fellow citizens in Gujarat who have suffered untold misery. The Congress urges the government to relentlessly prosecute all those responsible for the unforgiveable genocide that occurred in large parts of Gujarat in 2002.”

It also Continued its attack on the BJP and said that the Ayodhya verdict in no way condoned the demotion of the Babri Masjid which was “shameful” and called for the perpertaros of the crime to be brought to justice.

Asking workers and leaders to identify and address regional issues, the party said: “We have been in the opposition in certain states for a very long time. And this has meant a shift in power dynamics on the ground where our party workers are demoralized.”

The reseloution of the Congress passed at the plenary deals with
several points ranging from the Ayodhya verdict Internal security,
Jammu and Kashmir and combating communcal forces among others.

Internal Security: Terrorism, insurgency and left wing extremism are
grave threats and the Prime Minister has spelt out the government’s
policy. Though law and order is a state subject it is necessary to
ensure sustained coordination between the centre and the states both
in matters of overall strategy.
In dealing with left wing extremism we must combine firm action to
restore civilian administration with a surge in people oriented and
environment friendly development activity. Developmental work at the
grass root level should fall within the domain of the tribal
communities and a special legislation needs to be enacted on this
behalf.
The role of religious fundamentalist organizations in challenging the security of the nation can no longer be ignored. The congres call upon
the government to tackle this menace in the strongest possible manner
and investigate links between terrorists and the RSS and its sister
organizations that have been uncovered in recent cases. Terrorism from
wherever it comes and whatever form it takes must be dealt with
firmly.
Since police and law and order are state subjects, state police forces
need to be strengthened. Police reforms are imperative and there is
already a blue print for such reforms.
Ayodhya:

We must await the final verdict of the Supreme Court and all
members of the party should strain every nerve to heal the wounds
caused by communal disturbances and promote the values of secularism.
The Liberhan commission report is now in the hands of the people and
the party urges the government to act expeditiously on the findings of
the commission.

Political mandate:

The BJP has led the disruption of the 6th session
of the Lok Sabha in complete disregard of their duty under the
constitution. This does not speak well of our mature democracy. The
congress urges the people to understand the malicious designs of the
opposition parties.
Vested political interests seek to malign our institutions and the
office of the Prime Minister will not allow them to be denigrated by
anyone. In states like West Bengal,. Kerala and Tripura the Congress
emphatically rejects all attempts to perpertrate a cycle of violence
for political or electoral advantage by political parties.

Congress resurgence:

We have been in opposition in certain states for a
long period and this has meant a shift in the power dynamics on the
ground where our party workers are demoralized. Every Congres worker
and state party unit has a responsibility to strenghthen the
organizational base of the party.

Securing minority rights: The party is committed to discharging its
responsibilities towards the welfare of the minorities. We are happy
that the recommendations of the Justice Sachar Commission are under
implementation.

The party also passed reseloutions in respect to women’s empowerment,
Panchayat Raj, Youth and education.