BJP Asks Cong to Apologise for Pulwama, Tharoor Asks ‘What For?’

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Union Minister Prakash Javadekar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday, 30 October, slammed the Congress party, a day after Pakistan minister Fawad Chaudhry suggested that Pakistan was behind the Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed.

While Javadekar demanded an apology from the Congress party for “conspiracy theories” in tweet, Singh at an election rally in Bihar said that Congress had questioned the government’s intent but are silent after a Pak minister’s statement spoke about their involvement.

Singh said, “Congress leaders had questioned our intent then. But now that a Pakistani minister has given a statement in the National Assembly that Pakistan was involved in the Pulwama attack, they are silent.”

Meanwhile, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Saturday, 31 October, tweeted saying he is still trying to figure out “what the Congress is supposed to apologise for..”

‘Still Trying to Figure What Cong Needs to Apologise For’: Tharoor Hits Back

In a series of tweets, he wrote, “I am still trying to figure out what @INCIndia is supposed to apologise for. For expecting the government to keep our soldiers safe? For rallying around the flag rather than politicising a national tragedy? For expressing condolences to the families of our martyrs?”

Tharoor added, “ I am also still waiting for the official inquiry into this tragedy to give the nation answers to these vital questions.”

Also Read: ‘Ghus Ke Maara’: Pak Min Admits to Pulwama, Then Makes U-Turn

‘Ghar Mein Ghus Ke Maara’: Pak Minister

Chaudhry, the science and technology minister in Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Cabinet, had said on the floor of Parliament that Pakistan had entered India and beaten it on its own soil.

Humne Hindustan ko ghus ke maara (We hit India in their home). Our achievement in Pulwama is the achievement of entire community, under the leadership of Imran Khan,” Chaudhry said.

However, soon after, Chaudhry backtracked on his comment, claiming that he was “misinterpreted.”

“Pakistan doesn't allow any terrorism, I was misinterpreted," he told TV news channel NDTV.

“My statement is very clear. It was about Operation Swift Resort that we undertook after India dared to enter into Pakistan territory on Balakot. I was talking about the post-Pulwama operation that Pakistan undertook,” Chaudhry added.

Cong Blamed BJP for ‘Security Lapses’

In February 2020, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi attacked the BJP government, he said that the ruling party was responsible for “security lapses”.

“Who benefitted the most from the attack?” Gandhi questioned the government.

In March, senior Congress leader BK Hariprasad also alleged that there was a “match-fixing” taking place between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani PM Imran Khan.

Also Read: LeT Top Commander Zahid Nazir Bhat Killed in Pulwama Encounter

BJP Hits Back at Congress

BJP’s national spokesperson Sambit Patra had attacked Gandhi and the Congress party.

“Terrorism anywhere in the world has its roots in Pakistan. But it is irony that Rahul Gandhi and his associates from Congress party termed the Pulwama attack as a match-fixing between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Imran Khan,” Patra said, reported Hindustan Times.

BJP chief JP Nadda also targeted Congress on Thursday.

“Congress' princeling (a reference to Gandhi) does not believe anything Indian, be it our Army, our Government, our Citizens. So, here is something from his 'Most Trusted Nation’ Pakistan. Hopefully, now he sees some light” Nadda tweeted.

(With inputs from Hindustan Times and NDTV)

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