Opp to allies question Modi govt’s ‘Pakistan policy’

Shiv_sena_udA day after Congress party president Sonia Gandhi expressed concerns over the terror attack on the Pathankot air base in Punjab, the ruling Modi government came under criticism of its own ally Shiv Sena. Warning the incumbent over its push of a dialogue with Pakistan, BJP’s oldest political partner in its mouthpiece publication took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying time has now come for him to “focus on India” rather than trying to “unite the world”.

Meanwhile, Congress party has once again raised questions criticising the BJP-led NDA government over the way it handled Pathankot terror attack.

But the biggest unease for the incumbent came from its oldest ally Shiv Sena, who in its mouthpiece ‘Saamna’ opined that India’s internal security is in shambles. In a hard-hitting editorial piece on Monday, the party went on to say that only “national work” that was being done is giving condolences to the martyrs on the social networking sites.

“Seven of our soldiers get martyred in return of a cup of tea with Nawaz Sharif…. The incident has proven that our borders are not safe and our internal security is in shambles,” the editorial piece said referring to PM Modi’s surprise visit to Pakistan on way home from Afghanistan on December 25. The move, which was welcomed by the government and the ruling BJP, was especially criticised by the host of opposition parties.

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Pathankot: Security personnel during their operation against the militants who attacked the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot on Sunday, January 3, 2015. Photo – PTI Pathankot: Security personnel during their operation against the militants who attacked the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot on Sunday, January 3, 2015. Photo – PTI

 

But now, even its ally has found a sore point in PM Modi’s surprise diplomatic gesture.

“The Prime Minister was in Lahore only last week as a guest of his counterpart Nawaz Sharif. At that time, we had warned him not to trust Pakistan,” its mouthpiece stated adding, “See how we have been betrayed today. If Pakistan wants to improve relations with India, they should immediately hand over Jaish-e-Mohammed’s Maulana Masood Azhar to India.”

“The only national work being done is condoling the deaths of soldiers on (social networking site) twitter. But why have these soldiers died? PM Modi is trying to unite the world, but time has now come for him to concentrate on India,” it said criticising its own senior partner both at the centre and in Maharashtra.

Earlier on Monday, Congress party questioned the Modi government with Sonia Gandhi terming the internal security situation as “serious” while expressing concerns for the safety of families as also the strategic assets of Air Force.

“She (Sonia Gandhi) hoped that Union Government is seized of the serious internal security situation amidst emanating intelligence reports of more terrorist modules and is taking all necessary steps to neutralize the terror threats besides ensuring adequate security of citizens and strategic assets,” the statement released by the Congress party stated.