NEW DELHI (Agencies) - Cautioning against panic or alarm amid reports of terrorist threats to politicians in the run-up to and during the general elections, Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram said on Thursday India has tightened security and is ready to deal with any militant attacks during campaigning for general elections set to start in mid-April. He confirmed that there are threats of terror strikes during the April-May Lok Sabha elections but assured that India was fully prepared to deal with any eventuality. There is no need for panic and alarm as the country has been put on a high level of security to ensure peaceful polls, Home Minister P Chidambaram told a news conference at the Congress headquarters here, unexpectedly donning the role of party spokesperson. We have deployed enough security forces in the run-up to the elections. We have taken all measures that are required to ensure polling takes place peacefully, he maintained. At the same time, he linked the terrorist threat in India to the deteriorating security situation in South Asia, especially in Pakistan and Afghanistan and to a lesser extent, in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, saying the overall security situation in South Asia had deteriorated, so we have to be on guard. India has assigned more than two million security personnel and police officers for the elections which begin April 16 and end May 13. Many candidates contesting the worlds biggest exercise in democracy have demanded tighter security amid warnings about possible attacks by suspected militants during the five-phased polls. However, much of that is not true, Chidambaram said, referring to the warnings. There were attempted infiltrations in the last three weeks allegedly by Pakistan-based elements into Occupied Kashmir, he said. But our security agencies have thwarted every such attempt from across the line of control in Jammu and Kashmir, Chidambaram said. He said he had written to political leaders urging them not to take unnecessary risks at public rallies while campaigning for the polls to choose members to sit in parliaments 543-seat lower house. The Indian Home Minister also lashed out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in anticipation of the release of its election manifesto on Friday, accusing the party of promoting a divisive agenda. The BJPs agenda is a divisive agenda. The BJP divides people on communal lines. When you divide the country you cannot fight terror, he contended. A country divided on religious and caste lines cant fight terrorism. We need to vanquish the communal agenda if you want to vanquish terror, he said, claiming that only the Congress could fight terrorism without dividing the country. Our enemy remains the BJP. Our enemy remains the communal agenda of the BJP. Chidambaram said it was shameful that the party had claimed the controversial CD containing the hate speeches of BJP candidate Varun Gandhi was doctored when no investigation had been carried out. How can they (BJP) say it is doctored without a forensic investigation? Just last week, Chidambaram had urged 40 VVIPs, including leaders of political parties and chief ministers, to take all precautions while campaigning and specifically detailed a list of dos and donts while venturing out during electioneering. Leaders on the radar of various terror groups include the BJPs L K Advani, AIADMK chief J Jayalalitha, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu, central ministers Pranab Mukherjee and AK Antony and the chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and West Bengal.