The Congress party on Thursday criticised the “Narendra Modi government and claimed that for the prime minister, the “lust for power holds more importance than soldiers”.
The Congress today accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of shooting a documentary in the Corbett National Park on the day of the Pulwama terror attack in which 44 soldiers were killed by a suicide bomber in Kashmir, and continuing filming even after news of the deadly attack emerged.
“The terror attack happened at 3:10 pm, but the prime minister was busy shooting for his promotional film till 6:40 pm. When the whole country was mourning the loss of lives of our jawans in the Pulwama attack in the afternoon, PM Modi was busy shooting for a film till the evening. Is there any PM in the world like this,” Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said at a press conference.
In his hunger for power, the prime minister has forgotten “Raj Dharma” (duty of governance), he alleged, turning to the phrase once used by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
The Congress said it was “even more painful” that the government did not declare a period of national mourning, which would have led to the cancellation of all the “political rallies and inaugurations held by Modi on government costs”. “Moreover, he reached Palam airport in Delhi to pay tributes to the jawans an hour late because he was busy with his politics in Jhansi,” the party said, referring to an event Modi addressed in the city on February 15.
BJP president Amit Shah hit back accusing the Congress of playing politics over the Pulwama attack. “The Congress is making an issue of the events the PM was attending at that time. Say whatever you want, but the people of the country are not affected. He is very serious about national security and zero tolerance towards terrorism. With what face are you questioning the PM? The same party questioned the surgical strikes,” he said at a rally in Andhra Pradesh.
The Congress listed five questions for the government – about the denial of air transit for the jawans, a possible intelligence breach and action taken against agencies at fault, the ability of the terrorists to carry such a huge amount of explosives, about the alleged oversight of an intelligence input, and how the terrorists managed to attack the CRPF convoy.
पुलवामा आतंकी हमले के प्रति मोदी सरकार न तो कोई राजनैतिक जवाब दे रही है और न ही अपनी जिम्मेदारी का निर्वहन कर रही है।
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) February 21, 2019
According to reports, PM Modi could feature in a Discovery documentary slated to be released later this month where Modi will recall his days of spiritual sojourn in the Himalayas in the early days of his career. The shooting was held in Jim Corbett National Park on February 14 which was attended by PM Modi.
The February 14 attack on the CRPF convoy has changed the dynamics of militancy in the Kashmir Valley. At least 44 CRPF jawans were killed and dozens injured in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on the 14th of February.
A 22-year-old Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist Adil Ahmad Dar was identified as the suicide bomber who carried out the attack. Accused of one of the deadliest terrorist attacks the state has ever witnessed, Dar lived just 10 kilometres away from the attack spot in Gundibagh.
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