Narendra Modi has done nothing to stop Pak shelling: Rahul Gandhi
MUMBAI: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on
Wednesday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done nothing to stop continued
shelling and firing by Pakistani troops in Jammu and Kashmir despite ‘many
“Before the Lok Sabha polls, Modi used to speak of
adopting an aggressive approach towards China and Pakistan. Now, despite so
many provocations, the PM is not doing anything for the last three months,”
Rahul said, addressing his first campaign rally for the October 15 Maharashtra
Assembly elections at Mahad in Raigad district.
Meanwhile, stepping up its attack on Prime Minister
Narendra Modi, the Shiv Sena said he should focus on taking ‘firm steps’ to
stop escalating ceasefire violations by Pakistan instead of Maharashtra
The BJP’s former ally also took a jibe at Modi, noting
that one does not need a ‘56-inch chest’ to protect the country’s interests but
a strong will-power even as the Opposition parties including the Congress said
government’s response was ‘found wanting’.
In its mouthpiece ‘Saamna’, the Sena claimed that
Pakistan has been emboldened by government’s failure to take firm steps against
the cross-border firing and shelling.
Keeping Modi busy in election rallies across the state
while he is most needed at the Centre is like undermining the national security
of India, it said.
Referring to Modi’s extensive campaigning for the BJP,
the Sena said, “We can talk about the politics of Maharashtra later as well
Modi ji, but for now it is most important that we do not bear the atrocities
committed by our neighbour.”
“Do you need a 56-inch chest to protect the interests
of the nation and to teach Pakistan a lesson for their misdeeds? All you need
is a strong will-power to give it back to them in the same measure,” it said.
“Pakistan is daring to continuously fire on the Indian
side because there are no firm steps taken by the Indian government,” Sena
said. It added that it is pity that Indian villagers across the bordering areas
have to take shelter in safer places to protect themselves from the onslaught
of the Pakistani Rangers.
Samajwadi Party general secretary Naresh Agrawal also
took a swipe at Modi and BJP. “Those whom we considered strong turned out to be
weak. Those whom we gave full power, failed to utilise it. We are not able to
counter the manner in which a small country like Pakistan is threatening India
and engaged in regular firing in our territory.
“We are behaving like cowards and are only giving
false threats. Nobody expected this from the Government. The Government has
disappointed the nation. Had there been the leadership of Mulayam Singh Yadav
in the country, Pakistan would have been given a befitting reply," Agrawal
Criticising the Modi government, Congress spokesperson
Abhishek Singhvi rued that its response is found wanting.