Gandhi: BJP was soft on terrorism

May 4, 2009 at 1:32 PM

FARUKKHABAD, India, May 4 (UPI) -- Indian National Congress President Sonia Gandhi said terrorists were "treated like guests" by the Bharatiya Janata Party during its reign of power in India.

Gandhi said at an election rally in Farukkhabad that Bharatiya Janata members were soft on terrorism when their party governed India between 1998 and 2004, the Press Trust of India reported Monday.

"During Congress rule terrorism was countered effectively and firmly, whereas during BJP regime terrorists were treated like guests and released in their own country," Gandhi said.

The Press Trust of India said Gandhi, widow of the late Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, also criticized Bharatiya Janata members for the party's India Shining slogan during the 2004 general elections.

"When farmers were facing a tough situation and future of youths was in dark, the BJP saw India as shining," Gandhi said at the rally for Indian National Congress nominee Salman Khursheed.

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