The Congress accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of not addressing tense situation in Kashmir, saying he was busy tweeting about his overseas travel and playing drums.
“Kashmir is burning and our Prime Minister would rather tweet about his travels and play the drums”, Congress said, taking potshots at Modi, who is on a tour of four African countries. The jibe was taken by the opposition party in a tweet posted on its Twitter handle.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said Modi should take inspiration from US president Barack Obama, who cut his foreign tour short after an attack on police officers in Dallas, and return home right away.
“Kashmir is burning. 21 people have died. Security forces are being attacked daily. Amarnath Yatra suspended and Modiji is playing the drums. At least wake up now,” he said.
He said the PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir was unable to handle the situation and he should not allow Kashmir to be thrown into the “shadow of the gun”.
At a Congress briefing, party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s statement supporting slain militant Burhan Wani showed how Indian foreign policy was going in “reverse gear”. “Please do not make a martyr of a declared terrorist,” he said.
The Goa unit of the Congress, meanwhile, criticised defence minister Manohar Parrikar for attending programmes in his native state when clashed were erupting in Kashmir.
“When Kashmir was burning, India’s defence minister was busy distributing bulbs to the people in Goa. This is shameful,” Congress spokesperson Sunil Kawathankar said.
Parrikar should have been at the command centre monitoring the action in Kashmir, he added.
Kashmir remained on the edge on Monday amid curfew-like restrictions. Separatists-sponsored strike over the killing of Wani on Friday. A total of 23 people have been killed in the violence.
Curfew continued in parts of the Kashmir on Monday amid fears of more violence where 23 people have been killed in clashes with police and paramilitary forces following the death of militant Wani last week.