NEW DELHI (IANS) — Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “policies created the space for terrorists” in the Kashmir Valley and called it a strategic blow for India.
“Modi’s policies have created the space for terrorists in Kashmir. Grave strategic blow for India,” Gandhi said on Twitter.
He also said that the short-term political gain for Modi from the alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party in Jammu and Kashmir had cost India dear.
“Short-term political gain for Modi from PDP alliance has cost India massively. Modi’s personal gain equals India’s strategic loss plus sacrifice of innocent Indian blood.”
Gandhi’s latest salvo against the Prime Minister came two days after seven pilgrims were killed when militants opened fire at a bus carrying Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
Hittig back at Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi for blaming Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies for creating space for terrorists in Kashmir, the BJP said that the Nehru family was solely responsible for the state’s situation.
“What personal benefit can anyone draw out of bloodshed, but it only shows an immature mind who does not know the history of his own family. Because, if anybody is singularly responsible for the mess that we are watching in Jammu and Kashmir, it is the Nehru family,” Bharatiya Janata Party Spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi told reporters here.
She was responding to Rahul Gandhi’s jibe at the Prime Minister through a tweet, in which he questioned the latter’s policies and his pursuit of “short-term political gain” that he said “created space for terrorists” in the Valley and cost India strategically.
“Not just from 1947, even after that, whatever has happened in Kashmir, if a person is to be blamed, it is Nehru himself and the policies the Congress followed after him and the ‘jehadi’ Islamist terrorism which happened in 1990s. I think he would do well to get correct briefing from his staff,” Lekhi said.
Echoing Lekhi’s views, Union Minister Smriti Irani said that challenges around Kashmir were a legacy of the Nehru-Gandhi family.
“After returning from strategic and very well-known holiday, Gandhi has chosen to attack the Prime Minister, especially when the whole nation stands united against terrorism,” she said.
Hitting out at the Congress leader, Irani said that Gandhi speaks about personal gains and everybody in the country knows.
“History has given proof that when it comes to challenges with regard to Kashmir, those challenges are given out to the country courtesy the Nehru-Gandhi family.
“There are a few questions he needs to answer. Congress leader Mani Shanker Aiyar went to Pakistan and sought help to remove Narendra Modi and his government so that the Congress can come back to power. Is that the strategy for Rahul Gandhi’s personal gain or is that political strategy?” Irani asked.
In a series of tweets, Gandhi imitated the Prime Minister’s style of describing his achievements in mathematical equations and said the growing terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir was a fallout of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to form the government in the state.
“Short-term political gain for Modi from the PDP alliance has cost India massively. Modi’s personal gain = India’s strategic loss + sacrifice of innocent Indian blood.”
With the hashtag AmarnathTerrorAttack, the Congress leader lashed out at the Prime Minister over increasing terror incidents in Kashmir.