New Delhi, Feb 28 : Slamming Prime Minister Narendra Modi for interacting with BJP workers to strengthen party’s electoral booths 'at a time when the nation waited to hear him' in the backdrop of escalating tension between India and Pakistan, Congress on Thursday said the BJP is thinking the party is above the country.
Addressing mediapersons at AICC headquarters, Congress spokesperson and former Union Minister Manish Tewari said that the conduct of the BJP ever since the preemptive non-military strikes were carried out by the government is a matter of anguish.
“It's unfortunate that when the priority should be of further strengthening the nation, the Prime Minister thinks that this is the time to strengthen the electoral booths”, said Mr Tewari and added that “however, what really shocked us was at a point in time when the nation is looking towards its leadership and when the nation wants its leadership to speak to it, the Prime Minister chose to address the booth workers of the BJP rather than address the nation”.
The Prime Minister on Thursday interacted with over one crore BJP workers from 15,000 locations across the country, which the BJP claimed “duniya ki sabsi badi video conference (World’s largest video conference).
Pointing that the Congress postponed its Working Committee meeting and various other political programmes associated with it, Mr Tewari said that “the party thought that this is not the appropriate time to be going ahead with the political programmes”.
He said that the day Indian Air Force attacked terror camps in Pakistan, BJP president Amit Shah was appealing for the re-election of the Prime Minister, the Home Minister was in Chhattisgarh, attending BJP's political programme while former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said that the strikes will help the BJP win 22 of the 28 seats in the state.
"All these statements are playing into the hands of the Pakistan propaganda. We would like to tell the BJP-led NDA government that they need to reign in the motormouths. This is not the time for crass politicking," Mr Tewari said.
Accusing Pakistan of sponsoring terrorism in India, the Congress leader said that the neighbouring country is indulging in a proxy war against India since 1979-80.
“First recipient of that cross border terror using semi state actors was Punjab. For 15 long years Punjab suffered because of the terror unleashed by the ISI”, he said and added that “Pakistan yesterday carried out certain incursions into Indian territory and these incursions are nothing but subterfuge of four decades of using semi-state actors and proxies to target India and its instrumentalities”.
Stressing that the entire country stood against the terror, Mr Tewari reminded that when the NDA-BJP government decided on a course of action, the entire nation and opposition have unanimously stood behind the decision of the government.
“We politely urge the Government that it is time to rise above the party”, the Congress spokesperson added.