Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday lashed out at the Congress saying that “it was because of the mistakes committed by the UPA government that Kartarpur Sahib is in Pakistan today”.

“When India attained Independence in 1947, some people were in such hurry to ascend the throne that they ignored the country’s partition. It is because of Congress’ mistakes that Kartarpur Sahib is in Pakistan today,” the PM said while addressing an election rally in poll-bound Rajasthan’s Hanumangarh.

The country has to suffer today because of the mistakes made by Congress, in greed of power, he added.

He further questioned why the Congress did not realise in 1947 that Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara should be made in India. He also attributed the credit for the Kartarpur Corridor to the people who voted BJP to power.

“The credit for the Kartarpur Corridor doesn’t go to Modi, it goes to your vote,” PM Modi said.

India had proposed the corridor to Pakistan around 20 years back, but was rejected by the latter.

Last month, Pakistan and India announced that they would develop the corridor on their respective side of the border to help Indian pilgrims visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur.

Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan is located across the river Ravi, about four kilometres from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine. It was established by the Sikh Guru in 1522. The first Gurdwara, Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, was built here, where Guru Nanak Dev is said to have died.

On the occasion of Indian Navy Day, the Prime Minister paid his tribute to the valorous Navy personnel of the country.

In a direct hit at Pakistan, PM Modi further praised the soldiers for giving a befitting reply to the “enemy” by conducting surgical strike.

India-Pakistan ties nose-dived in recent years with no bilateral talks taking place. The ties between the two countries had strained after the terror attacks by Pakistan-based groups in 2016.

Rajasthan is set to go to polls on December 7 along with Telangana and the counting of votes will be taken up on December 11.