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They threatened to bomb us, now roaming with begging bowl: PM’s jab at Pak

Modi also hit out at the Congress for indulging in “caste politics and touching a new low in politics” in a reference to the main opposition party’s leaders comment on the Prime Minister’s caste and his parents.

india Updated: Nov 26, 2018 09:54 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Vidisha: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a public meeting for Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections campaign, in Vidisha, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (PTI Photo) (PTI11_25_2018_000181A)(PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed an attack on Pakistan, without naming the neighbouring country, which many saw was an attempt to point at his counterpart Imran Khan’s efforts at seeking financial aid from several allies.

Modi also hit out at the Congress for indulging in “caste politics and touching a new low in politics” in a reference to the main opposition party’s leaders comment on the Prime Minister’s caste and his parents.

“Those who till yesterday threatened to drop bombs on India are begging today due to our strategy. Modi’s caste was not behind it. It was because of the 125 crore Indians,” the Prime Minister said at a rally in Rajasthans Alwar on Sunday.

Khan visited the UAE earlier in November to seek financial assistance to minimise cash-strapped Pakistan’s dependence on an IMF bailout package, reports had said. And,

Saudi Arabia agreed to give Pakistan a $6 billion during Khan’s visit to the Gulf Kingdom. All this came after the US suspended $1.66 billion in security assistance to Pakistan.

Modi said the opposition party has forgotten all courtesies and that all this was being done under Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

The former Rajasthan Congress chief CP Joshi was heard saying in a video, which surfaced last week, that only pandits and brahmins knew about Hinduism and were learned enough to speak about it as he questioned Modi’s caste. Congress leader Raj Babbar had compared the rupee’s slide with the age of the Prime Minister’s mother and Vilas Muttemwar said “nobody knows the name of your (PM Modi’s) father”.

“Congressmen are abusing my mother. They are asking my caste. I am not surprised at all. Whoever is speaking is speaking at the behest of ‘naamdar’,” he said, adding that the Congress which played caste politics did not confer Bharat Ratna to Baba Saheb Bhimrao Ambedkar because he opposed the party.

Modi said he wants to tell the “naamdars” that when the head of a country visits any foreign country, the world doesn’t recognise him with his caste or Modi but identifies him with 125 crore Indians.

He also accused the Congress party of adopting “delaying tactics” in the Supreme Court to create hurdles in the construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya and playing a “dangerous game” of threatening the judges with impeachment.

“The Congress sends senior lawyers of Supreme Court to the Rajya Sabha, where we do not have a majority ... where the numbers are different. That’s why Congress had adopted a new tactic.

“When the case of Ayodhya was going on, a Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member was telling the Supreme Court not to hear the case till 2019, because there are several elections till then,” Modi said.

He was referring to Congress leader Kapil Sibal, who had urged the Supreme Court to defer hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit till July 2019.

“Is it fair to drag the country’s judiciary into politics in this way? Is it right to put pressure on the Supreme Court and the judiciary? But the Congress men say this shamelessly in the Supreme Court,” he said.

Stating that he is “making a serious allegation” against the Congress, the Prime Minister said: “If a judge of the Supreme Court does not make the judicial schedule in accordance with their political intentions, they create hurdles in the Supreme Court which wants to hear a serious and sensitive issue like Ayodhya (that aims) to provide justice to the people.”

He said that the Congress then launched a new “game” of threatening justices to impeach them.

“This is a dangerous game. In the name of impeachment, the Congress is committing the crime of derailing the judicial system. It is stopping the Supreme Court from hearing a sensitive issue.

“The Congress, which has no faith in the judiciary and on judges, is trying to capture the country by bringing impeachment on the basis of their strength in Rajya Sabha. They can never be forgiven,” Modi said amid chants of “Jai Shri Ram”.

The Prime Minister said he wants to assure the judges and the judiciary that till the time Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is in power, it will not allow the Congress’ “black deeds” within the temple of democracy.

“We will stop it with full force. I want to tell the judges not be afraid of impeachment threats. You courageously go on the path of justice. The country will walk with you. I want to assure you,” he said.

He also hit out at the Congress for disrupting parliamentary proceedings and urged the intellectuals to “analyse” their deeds.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Nov 26, 2018 08:47 IST