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HindustanTimes Tue,23 Sep 2014

What is '56-inch chest' PM doing on Pak ceasefire violations: Cong

PTI  New Delhi, August 12, 2014
First Published: 21:00 IST(12/8/2014) | Last Updated: 21:02 IST(12/8/2014)

Congress on Tuesday agreed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks that Pakistan was waging a "proxy war" against India but attacked him at the same time over the instances of ceasefire violations by the neighbouring country since the NDA government came to power.

"Twenty-five serious ceasefire violations have taken place in the last 60 days. Four of them in the last four days. What is being done by the Prime Minister, who has a 56-inch chest," Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said at an AICC briefing in New Delhi.

But he added, "The view across the Indian political spectrum is... we know that more than a proxy war is being waged by Pakistan. The Prime Minister is stating a self-evident truth."

Singhvi was asked to comment on remarks made by Modi during his visit to Jammu and Kashmir today in which he accused Pakistan of engaging in a proxy war and killing innocent people in India. Modi said that the bigger number of casualties in the Army was caused by this and not through conventional warfare.

Meanwhile, taking a dig at the BJP slogan of 'achche din', Singhvi said that the "good days" became evident as soon as an "insipid and very ordinary budget" was presented by the NDA government.

"The same was evident in the vendetta politics of the government and in the rising prices. It was also visible in the communal undertones and overtones with BJP focussing on cheap electoral gains.

"So was it in the blazing intolerance against anybody who dared to go against His Master's Voice. We have been waiting for the good days. The wait should not be endless," Singhvi said.

He also attacked the BJP-led government over the denial of the posts of Lok Sabha Leader of Opposition and Deputy Speaker to Congress, terming it a "continuing assault on established parliamentary norms and culture".

"It is incumbent upon the government to keep up the highest traditions of politics. It reflects poorly on those who do this and not on the ones who do not get these posts," Singhvi added.


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