The Congress continued its tirade against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday over his historic Pakistan visit, trying to point out the BJP’s flip flops on its Pakistan policy.
The party invoked prior remarks of senior BJP leaders and posed questions to the PM, asking if his stopover at Lahore on Friday has been instrumental for resolving issues. “Though our foreign minister stated that it is a courtesy statesman-like visit, it is not important where you reach, whom you talk to... what result you are going to get out of that visit is very important. We can’t achieve this by sudden landing,” Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said.
Former foreign minister and senior party leader Salman Khurshid said, “Flip-flop could be a nickname for the NDA govt, they do flip flops every day.”
In a tweet, the party also asked, “During the UPA decade, you had opposed Indo-Pak talks on many issues. Are those issues now resolved?”
The Congress, which had criticised Modi’s visit to Pakistan, the first meeting by an Indian PM on Pakistan soil after 11 years, also sought to know how the historic meet will result into tangible steps. It said, “The visit must yield good results and tangible steps towards peace on the border.”
A senior BJP leader, however, pointed out the Congress itself had been a victim of flip-flop and virtually left PM Manmohan Singh alone to defend the joint statement of Sharm al-Sheikh in which Balochistan found mentioned. “If one sees the records, the Congress avoided any strong defense of the Sharm el-Sheikh engagements. In Parliament too, many UPA allies had slammed the government for that statement.”
Former UPA minister Jairam Ramesh, on Saturday, accused the government of “trying to grab headlines”. He said, “Manmohan Singh tried to institutionalise the progress in Indo-Pak talks, Modi is trying to personalise the talks.”