Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Thursday slammed the Congress over the party’s accusations on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Soon after the Congress attacked the BJP stating that the PM was shooting for a film till evening on the day a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist killed 44 CRPF personnel in Pulwama.
Shah, while speaking at the Shakti Kendra Pramukh Sammelan in Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh, said that the problem in Kashmir exists because of Jawaharlal Nehru.
“Jis Kashmir ke kaaran ye sab aatankwaadi ghatna Pakistan krwa raha hai, vo Kashmir samasya ka koi janak hai toh Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru ke karan aj Kashmir phasa hua hai (The Kashmir for which Pakistan is carrying out these terrorist attacks, the father of that Kashmir problem is Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru),” Shah said, adding that there wouldn’t have been any issue over Kashmir had Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel been the Prime Minister.
Shah said that the Congress is politicising the issue by creating unnecessary controversy over the PM’s programme.
“The Prime Minister works 18 of the 24 hours. Your questioning his commitment to national security will have no impact on the people of the country,” Shah added.
Addressing a press conference earlier today, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said that the PM was busy shooting for a film in Jim Corbett National Park till the evening of 14 February when the whole nation was mourning the death of jawans in the Pulwama terror attack.
“Is there any PM in the world like this? I have no words really,” he further said.
Reports say that the PM visited the Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand to see the wildlife. Police officers had said the Prime Minister’s visit to the national park was not scheduled.
The Congress further slammed the PM for addressing a public rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Jhansi a day after the “cowardly” attack that killed at least 44 CRPF personnel.
The PM was in Jhansi to launch a series of developmental projects, including a defence corridor from Jhansi to Agra.
Reacting to Shah’s remarks, the Congress shot back saying that the BJP president is “playing cheap politics by making provocative statements attacking the Congress party and politicising the sacrifice of our jawans”.
Congress said that it was not playing politics over the incident.
“On 17 February, in a rally in Assam, Shah resorted to politics on Pulwama attack by stating that ‘Their sacrifice won’t go in vain as it’s not the Congress government which is at the Centre, it is the BJP’,” the Congress said in a statement.
In its statement, the party also said that Pakistan was taught “befitting lessons that were taught by the Congress governments and our armed forces in the Indo-Pak wars of 1947, 1965, 1971 and 1999”.