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LoC killings: BJP, SP call for retaliation, BSP urges restraint

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Jan 15, 2013 at 06:52pm IST

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New Delhi: Politics over the beheading of Lance Naik Hemraj Singh escalated on Tuesday. Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Ram Gopal Yadav called for war. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) too kept up the heat. Party leader Yashwant Sinha demanded that all talks with Pakistan be called off. The Congress reassured of action but said that jingoism should be avoided.

"I have heard that when such attacks happen, armies retaliate and get back more heads of the enemy. India should do that," BJP leader MM Joshi said. "Generally, if one soldier is killed by rival forces, 10 others are killed in retaliation. I think India should do the same," he added.

SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav said, "The only solution to this is war. Who stays alive, who dies is a different issue. This matter could not be finished since 1947.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati, however, said it was important to exercise restraint. "I think war is not the solution to all problems. There are other ways to resolve the dispute. Government must look for other ways," she said.

However, after the PM issued a strong warning to Pakistan, the BJP welcomed it with open arms. Sushma Swaraj said, "His statement is welcome. I am happy that we have succeeded in showing the country's mood to the PM. Our meeting with the NSA seems to have borne fruit. Some steps taken by the government today are welcome."

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