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Modi Politicising India-Pak Conflict: BJD & Congress

02 March 2019

Debashish Maharana

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Bhubaneswar: "It makes every Indian proud that the brave Wing Commander Abhinandan hails from Tamil Nadu," said Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a meeting today in Kanyakumari. This was in fact the first time Modi publicly mentioned the IAF pilot who was captured in Pakistan.

At the same meeting Modi stole opportunities to take a jibe at the opposition for alleged inaction on terrorism.

“From 2004 to 2014 there were several terror attacks. The nation expected perpetrators to be punished but nothing happened. 26/11 happened, India expected action against terrorists but nothing happened,” he said today.

Reacting to statements of the Prime Minister, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Congress leaders in Odisha said that Modi was blatantly politicising the bravery and sacrifices of India's security forces.

Training guns at the PM, the opposition leaders said that Modi must not forget that it was during NDA's regime, Maulama Masood Azhar was let free as a fallout of the IC-814 hijack.

BJD leader Sanjay Dasburma said, "At a time when the armed forces are engaged in securing the borders, it is unfortunate that some leaders are boasting the sacrifices as their own victory. Instead of blame-games, the country calls for unity and integrity of political parties today."

Senior Congress leader Suresh Routray praised former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as an acclaimed statesman whose ability has been recognised globally. Criticising such a person's leadership and strategies is shameful, he said referring to the 26/11 attacks.

"The credit for India's response to Pulwama-attack is solely of the Indian Air Force. Modi is trying to reap electoral mileage by maligning his predecessors," said Routray.

On the other hand, veteran BJP leader Biswabhushan Harichandan said that in terms of diplomacy, Modi's regime is unmatched. Instead of praising the Prime Minister for diplomatic and strategic victory over Pakistan, some leaders are engrossed in mudslinging.

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Sanjay Dasburma, BJD Leader

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Suresh Routray, Congress Leader, Odisha

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Biswabhushan Harichandan, Senior BJP Leader