Soldiers paying with blood for ‘opportunistic PDP-BJP alliance’: Rahul Gandhi attacks Centre
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Soldiers paying with blood for ‘opportunistic PDP-BJP alliance’: Rahul Gandhi attacks Centre

Congress president Rahul Gandhi hit out at the NDA government for its ‘non-existent’ Kashmir policy.

india Updated: Feb 13, 2018 22:36 IST
HT Correspondent, New Delhi
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Soldiers patrol carry out a search operation following suspected movement at Domana army camp on the outskirts of Jammu, on February 13, 2018. (AP Photo)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi said on Tuesday the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government had a “non-existent” policy for Kashmir, and held the ruling BJP-PDP alliance in the state responsible for the “bloodshed” in the region.

He also accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “dithering” while Indian soldiers were getting killed in terror attacks.

“PDP (Peoples Democratic Party) says ‘talks’ with Pakistan. BJP defence minister says ‘Pakistan will pay the price’. While our soldiers pay with their blood for BJP-PDP’s opportunistic alliance and non-existent Kashmir policy; Modi Ji dithers,” Gandhi wrote on Twitter.

His remarks came in the wake of divergent statements by Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman regarding the stance against Pakistan following the recent attack on a military base in Jammu in which six soldiers and a civilian were killed.

Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari also asked the Centre to clarify its stand on the CM’s statement.

“It is a very disturbing situation. On one hand, you have the PDP-BJP government which files an FIR against an army major. Then you have the BJP trying to shed crocodile tears and distance itself from that FIR,” he said.

“But the PDP-BJP government does nothing to withdraw that FIR and the father of the officer has to finally approach the Supreme Court to get an order that no coercive steps should be taken,” the leader said.

Tewari wondered if the back channel with Pakistan was active.

“We would like to ask the government if it is talking to Pakistan. Is there a back channel with Pakistan which is still active because a day after Kulbhushan Jadav’s mother and wife were publicly humiliated by the Pakistani establishment, there was a meeting between the two national security advisors in a foreign capital?” he said.

“The country does not want you to talk to Pakistan about terror... it wants you to act on the commitment that you had made to the people of India that you would act on the question of terror,” Tewari said.

First Published: Feb 13, 2018 20:38 IST